Manos Rojas A Day Trip Out Of Mirador Maya Restaurant Cananas, Xpuhil
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April 6th, 2009 – by: geokid
The name Manos Rojas "red hands" was assigned to this site because of the several human hand prints found in one of the standing structures. A recent survey has revealed that Manos Rojas is a fairly large site with numbers clusters of structures spread across of large area in no identifiable plan. As more excavation is done a typical site plan is likely to be revealed. There is an intact lined Aguada, "reservoir" that still will hold some water during the rainy season. Currently the most interesting structure is part of Group C. Group C is on the northern edge of the site, very near highway 186. The largest structure of Group C has more than one level. It is so badly fallen and buried that you cannot determine if the was a third level. There are the remains of stacked Chaac mask on one corner made of stone and stucco. These masks are very similar in style and execution to the masks on Structure 20 at Chicanna. Look closely to the left of these stacked masks for the remains of a relief carving of masks in profile. The stone rubble surrounding this structure contains numerous carved blocks that once were part of the decorative facade. There is a narrow, vaulted corridor, running from each side the the stacked masks. These two corridors are at a right angle to each other. The vaulted corridor to the left of the stacked masks is constructed of well cut stone blocks and is particularly well preserved when compared to the vault to the right of the stacked masks. The building material of the right corridor is less well cut and much more ruined that the corridor on the left. This may indicate the that the two corridor were build in separate construction phases. Both corridors display an offset at the spring line of the vaults. There are portions of larger vaults preserved on the opposite side of this structure. These larger vaults are the remains of rooms. Manos Rojas was identified in 1971 during a regional survey conducted by the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University. Jack Eaton has been credited with this discovery. David Potter and Paul Genfrop have visited this site to study the architecture and iconography, however no excavation, restoration or consolidation has occurred. Manos Rojas is about 14 miles west of Xpuhil 600 feet south of Highway 186.
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