Fall of the Classic Cities
 

Copán Acropolis, Late Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Structure 22, Copán, Late Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Structure 22, Copán, Late Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screeming Macaw along ballcourt, Copán, Late Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoomorph P., Quiriguá, Late Classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoomorph P., Quiriguá, Late Classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hieroglyphic Stairway, Copán, Eighth-century CE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hieroglyphic Stairway cutaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altar Q. Copán, Late Classic

 

K’inich’ Yax K’uk Mo = Great Sun, Green Quetzal Macaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puuc Quadrangle of the Nuns, Uxmal, Late Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Characteristics of Puuc Architectural Style
  • 'Boot' stones in vaults
  • Flying facades
  • Light, airy roofcombs
  • Veneer masonry
  • Well-cut stones
House of the Doves, Uxmal, Late Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uxmal ruins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Lintel 25. One of a series of three panels from Structure 23 at Yaxchilan originally set above the central doorway. The building is dedicated to Shield Jaguar II's wife, Lady K'ab'al Xook shown on the bottom right of the panel. Lady Xook is in the hallucinatory stage of the bloodletting ritual. She conjures before her a vision of a Teotihuacan serpent. Some scholars suggest that the serpent on this lintel, and elsewhere, are depictions of an ancestral spirit or founder of the kingdom. The identity of the figure coming out of the serpent's jaws is ambiguous. The inscription names the protagonist as Shield Jaguar II. The ritual is conducted to commemorate the accession of Shield Jaguar II to the throne. The inscription is reversed, as if to be read in a mirror. This is not common and its true significance is not known." - British Museum
Lintel 25, Yaxchilan, Late Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stela 14, Piedras Negras, Late Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stela 11, Piedras Negras, Late Classic