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Ek Balam

In Mayan: “black jaguar” "...

Ek Balam


This city developed at the end of the Classic (600-900 AD). It is located 190 km east of the city of Mérida and 30 km north of the city of Valladolid.
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Ek Balam is a name in the Yucatecan Mayan language, formed by the words ek ’, with which the color black is called and which also means "bright star" or "star"; and balam, which means "jaguar". Then it can be translated as "dark-or-black-jaguar".

UKIT KAN LEK TOK

This city is being studied by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). It has 45 structures and is surrounded by two concentric stone walls, and another that connects the central buildings. These walls had defensive purposes and to control access.
The first known king of Ek´Balam is Ukit Kan Le´t Tok (the father of the four flint facades), who was the builder of most of the sumptuous palace that we now know as the Acropolis and many other works.
Ukit Kan Lek Tok was buried on the acropolis with a wonderful offering of ceramic pots, shell objects, snails, and a tombstone.
Main Gate
Mayan Hieroglyphs
Main Gate
Las Gemelas Building
Stucco Sculptures
Border Wall
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