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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pisté in Tinum, Yucatán, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)

Platform of the Tombs

Platform of the Tombs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, January 17, 2017
1. Platform of the Tombs Marker
Plataforma de las Tumbas
Esta estructura tuvo un uso funerario, probablemente sirvió para almacenar huesos humanos desenterrados de otras tumbas. Se hallaron varias puntas de flecha, navajillas de obsidiana, cuentas de hueso y concha, además de restos oseos y dientes. Los rasgos arquitectónicos sobresalientes son las columnas que desplantan de la roca madre y que sostenían un techo de materiales perecederos. Un friso de serpientes remataba el edificio a una altura un poco mayor de la que se observa actualmente.

Le kúuchila’ meyajnaj tia’al u mu’ukul kimeno’ob, ma’ káan xan wáa meyajnaj tia’al u líi’sa’al u baakel wíiniko’ob dzo’ok u jáala’ali’. Te’elo’ kaxáanta’an u yej flecha’ob, u xotobil obsidiana’ob, baak yéetel concha’ob yéetel u xiixel uláak’ baako’ob yéetel kojo’ob. Ba’ax jadzutz ti’ le kúuchila’ leti’ u yokom che’ilo’ob ku pedziko’ob u yóok’olil le naj tu’ux ku líi’sa’al ba’alo’ob séeb u k’astalo’obo’. Jun p’éel pak’ jadzutzkíinta’an yéetrel u yoochel káano’obe’ leti’ dzok ki’ichkelemkuuntik le ka’anal kúuchila’.

This funerary structure probably served as a storage
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center for human bones unearthed from other tombs. Among the items found here were arrowheads, obsidian knives, beads made of bone and shell, skeletons, and teeth. The most noteworthy architectural features are the columns that rise up out of the mother rock and sustain a roof of perishable materials. A serpentine frieze adorned the upper part of the platform at a somewhat greater altitude than can be presently observed.
Erected by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes de México (CONACULTA)-INAH.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyArchitectureMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans.
Location. 20° 40.871′ N, 88° 34.205′ W. Marker is in Pisté, Yucatán, in Tinum. Marker can be reached from Carretera Costera de Golfo (Route 180). The marker and platform are near to the Ossuary and the Platform of Venus at Chichén Itzá Archaeological Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pisté YU 97751, Mexico. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Platform of Venus and Round Platform (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ossuary or Tomb of the Great Priest (within shouting distance of this marker); House of the Grinding Stones & House of the “Mestizas” (about 120 meters
Platform of the Tombs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, January 17, 2017
2. Platform of the Tombs Marker
The Platform of the Tombs can be seen in the background. Further to the right can be seen a portion of the Platform of Venus.
away, measured in a direct line); Sacbeob 5 & 15 (about 120 meters away); Temple of Xtoloc (about 150 meters away); The Observatory (about 210 meters away); The Castle or Temple of Kukulcán (about 210 meters away); The Great Ball Court (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pisté.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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Sep. 26, 2023