The Mercado Chichen Itza, Yucatan

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Author: Ruppert, Karl (1895-1960)

Year: 1943

Publisher: Carnegie Institution of Washington

Place: Washington, DC

Description:

223-260 pages with 35 figures and plates. Quarto (11 1/2" x 9") issued in wrappers. Re print from Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication 546, Contributions to American Anthropology and History number 43. reprint.

The Market (or Mercado) was named by the Spanish, but its precise function is under debate by scholars. It is a large, colonnaded building with a spacious interior court. The interior gallery space is open and unpartioned, and a large patio lies in front of the only entrance, accessed by a broad stairway. There were three hearths and grinding stones found in this structure, which scholars normally interpret as evidence of domestic activities--but because the building offers no privacy, scholars believe it was likely a ceremonial or council house function. This building clearly is of Toltec construction.

Condition:

Corners bumped, extremities rubbed. A very good copy.

SOLD 2012

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