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El Pueblito in Municipality of La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The Building of the Four Altars

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2019
1. The Building of the Four Altars Marker
Inscription.  

Sala de los Cuatro Altares
Las salas con columnas son edificios característicos en sitios de tradición tolteca. Los cuatro altares ubicados al interior de esta sala se encontraban cubiertos por una techumbre sostenida por dos hileras de columnas de madera. Los altares fueron construidos sobre un piso de estuco pulido, el cual se extendía a toda la sala, en donde también fueron descubiertos dos fogones o tlecuiles. Su fachada principal era abierta, de tipo pórtico, y observaba hacia la Plaza de las Esculturas. La parte superior de la fachada estuvo decorada con un friso de chalchihuites y rematada con una serie de coronamientos de piedra representando dardos solares. Frente a cada altar había un gran brasero de cerámica con tapa de más de un metro de altura. En el interior de los braseros fueron encontrados objetos quemados como ofrenda, entre estos había punzones de hueso, figurillas y malacates de barro, así como puntas de proyectil talladas en sílex blanco, obsidiana y riolita roja.

Pie de dibujos:
Reconstrucción de la Sala de los Cuatro Altares
Altares en detalle
Brasero con tapa

English
The Building of the Four Altars and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2019
2. The Building of the Four Altars and Marker
The remains of the altars can be seen behind the marker, seen here to the far right.
translation:

The Building of the Four Altars
Rooms constructed with columns are characteristic in buildings in sites with a Toltec tradition. The four altars located inside this room were covered by a roof supported by two rows of wooden columns. The altars were built on a polished stucco floor, which extended throughout the whole room, where two fire pits or tlecuiles were also discovered. Its main facade was open, similar to a porch, and looked out towards the Plaza de las Esculturas. The upper part of the façade of the building was decorated with a frieze of chalchihuites (green, circular symbols) and topped with a series of stone crowns representing solar darts. In front of each altar was a large ceramic incense burner or brazier with a lid more than one meter high. Inside the braziers were found burnt objects probably left as offerings, among these were bone punches, clay figurines and spindles, as well as projectile points carved in white flint, obsidian and red rhyolite.

Captions:
Reconstruction of the Building of the Four Altars
A detailed view of the altars
Brazier with its lid
 
Erected by Secretaría de Cultura y el Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).
 
Location. 20° 33.034′ N, 100° 26.577′ 
The Building of the Four Altars and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2019
3. The Building of the Four Altars and Marker
W. Marker is in El Pueblito, Querétaro, in Municipality of La Corregidora. Marker can be reached from Camino el Cerrito just west of Capitán Pedro Urtiaga, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is roughly south of the Pyramid at the El Cerrito Archaeological Site. Marker is in this post office area: El Pueblito, Querétaro 76900, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Plaza of the Sculptures (a few steps from this marker); Platform and Pyramid (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Altar of the Skulls (about 90 meters away); The "Little Fort" (about 90 meters away); The Plaza of the Dancers (about 90 meters away); Obsidian Altar (about 150 meters away); El Cerrito ("The Little Hill") (about 150 meters away); The Earth and its Cosmic Paths (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Pueblito.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 14, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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