Day 1

Chunchucmil Travel Blog

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The hammocks were not as uncomfortable as I expected.  So comfortable, in fact, that Emily and I overslept for our site tour.  We woke up long after everyone had left for the field, with just a few minutes to dress before heading out for a site tour.  Scott took Emily, Michelle and I to visit the central part of the site.  We saw one of the sacbehs, or roads, that connected various pyramid groups at the site.  The sacbeh was built up about a meter with stone and fairly wide.  It is believed to have been used for processions.  This particular one was unusual in that it had several structures that were built on top of it.  To the north of the sacbeh is the largest pyramid on the site.  One side of it forms part of the only ball court found on the site.  The sides of the two pyramids slove in a V forming an alleyway of sorts between where the ballgame would have been played. 

The site has no clear central monumental structure, nor does it have a plaza large enough to hold the projected population of 20-30,000 people.  The site sprawls for at least 62 square kilometers and contains mostly residential structures. 

Scott then took us to see the three excavated residential areas.  The areas are fairly uniform, with a larger ceremonial structure on the eastern side of the plaza and smaller residential structures on the other sides.  The pyramids are almost always square and in a technotchilan-style (talud-tablero).  According to Mexican law, any exposed structures must be secured with cement to preserve them, otherwise they must be re-buried.  These three houselots where extensive excavation took place have been secured and left exposed.

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