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Temple of Masonry Altars

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 13 July 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

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Altun Ha was a wealthy ceremonial center boasting two main plazas, thirteen structures (including the Temple of Sun God or the Temple of the Masonry Altars - pictured). Altun Ha is six miles west of the Caribbean Sea and it formed part of a unique cultural zone. There are also no stelae at Altun Ha but the discovery of rich tombs indicates that the ruling elite enjoyed access to substantial amounts of exotic goods.

The area around the Altun Ha is rich in wildlife including armadillos, bats, squirrels, agouti, paca, foxes, raccoons, coati, tyra, tapir and the white-tailed deer. Two hundred species of birds have been recorded and there are large crocodiles that inhabit the Maya-made water reservoir.

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January 1st is around the corner, along with an end to my daily posts, at least for now.
Dementia is so debilitating and Hubby needs more of my time.

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Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition with the silhouettes !

13 Jul 2013 6:52am

twojays from United States

Love these myserious ruins. What are they dated at?

13 Jul 2013 11:57am

@twojays: This is some of what I found when searching; I hope this makes more sense to you than it did to me.
Preclassic
The earliest history found at Altun Ha resides in Zone C. Two round platforms found in this area date to about B.C 900-800; Structures C13 and C17. Structure C13 contains remnants of postholes and several burials, while C17 had traces of burning, or fire. Structure C13 was an early religious building, with Zone C inhabitants being of relatively high status.[6] The Late Preclassic had a population increase and large public structures were built. The first of these was structure F8 in A.D 200. Although this structure was constructed at the end of the Preclassic, the majority of the archaeological evidence dates to the Early Classic. This structure has a two-element stair composed of small steps with stairside outsets that was perhaps devoted to innovation. F8 also had a three-stage development.

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

Wow. I got excited when you mentioned the variety of wildlife here. Love the greenery around it!!♥

13 Jul 2013 1:40pm

@tyan: I can only imagine going there when it was cooler. ;D

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOnderful view of this magnificent place.

13 Jul 2013 6:50pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Excellent perspective and I am in awe of the temple ... Fantastic shot :)

13 Jul 2013 7:32pm

@RBL: Thank you, Ruthie.

Abena from Illinois, United States

Thanks for the info below, it sure does look like some serious exploration fun, massive in size too!

13 Jul 2013 11:06pm

@Abena: Thank you ... ancient sites and the associated history is such a treasure!

Sharon Pleasants from Monroe, Louisiana, United States

What a blessing to be able to see this in person. Thanks for sharing!

14 Jul 2013 2:34am

@Sharon Pleasants: My pleasure, Sharon ... it was amazing.

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressante pyramide en ruine

14 Jul 2013 7:19am