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Archaeology Monday (pt.4): Becan

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Located near the geographical center of the Yucatan peninsula in the Mexican state of Campeche, Becan is most famous for grandiose Rio Bec style of architecture and its particularly well developed defence systems which feature a surrounding wall and moat. Archaeological evidence suggests that Becan was first occupied by Maya peoples during the Preclassic period sometime in the sixth century BC, however most of the large scale construction in the site seems to have been erected in the third century AC with construction having basically ceased by the ninth century AC. Becan has also been the site of the discovery of significant finds which include relatively intact tombs of ancient rulers. As is the case with virtually all ancient cities in the Region, Becan owed allegiance to Calakmul. The significant…

Archaeology Monday: Edzna

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When people think of the Itza a certain city always come to mind. There is no denying that Chichen Itza eclipses the attention all other “Itza sites” for the vast majority of the the general population. This is of course understandable given how for many Chichen Itza has become synonymous with with the Itza/Itzaes but also with mesoamerican archaeology in general.

However, far away from Cancun and the beaches of the caribbean in the northern quadrant of the state of Campeche lays another great Itzaes capital, the great city of Edzna whose mayan name literally translates as “The house of the Itza”.

First inhabited as far back as the fifth century BC, Edzna had established itself as a power to be reckoned with by the end of the second century BC. In the late classic period Edzna seems to have become p…