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Near Calderitas in Municipality of Othón P. Blanco, Quintana Roo, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

Structure III at Oxtankah - Palace

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, March 29, 2019
1. Structure III at Oxtankah - Palace Marker
Inscription.  

Estructura III – Palacio
Generalmente, los palacios de los señores principales se encontraban en los límites de las plazas. No eran de uso exclusivamente habitacional, sino que en ellos se recibía los diversos personajes venidos de otras ciudades, se atendían asuntos administrativos y se captaban los tributos, entre otras actividades. El interior de las habitaciones estaba amueblado con objetos de madera, así como con tapetes, cojines y textiles, ahora desaparecidos.

Desafortunadamente, las habitaciones que se encontraban en la parte superior de la plataforma fueron destruidas casi en su totalidad, quedando sólo los pisos de dos de ellas. En la parte media del edificio pueden apreciarse, en mejor estado de conservación, dos habitaciones con acceso al norte. Al igual que otros edificios del sitio, este palacio fue construido entre los años 300 y 600 d.С. Posteriormente, se ampliaron considerablemente las dimensiones de la plataforma y de la escalera de acceso a las habitaciones reales, ocupadas hasta la llegada de los españoles.

Originalmente, estucos multicolores adornaban la fachada del
Structure III at Oxtankah - Palace and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 29, 2019
2. Structure III at Oxtankah - Palace and Marker
palacio. Modelados con detenimiento, posiblemente representaban textos, que mencionaban a los gobernantes y dioses de la ciudad.

Maya-Yucateco:
Estructura III – Palacio
U najilo’ob ajawo obo' tya ano'ob ka'ach tu jáal le k'ii wiko'obo'. Ma chéen tia'al kuxtali', teelo k'a'amal xan le ajawo ob ku taaloob ti taanxel tu'uxo, ku yila'al xan le ajawo'ob ku taalo'ob ti' táanxel tu'uxo, ku yila'al xan u ma'alob yantal le kaajo', yéetel xan te' ku mu'uch'ul le taak'in wa a'alo'ob ku k'a'amalo' obo'. U yichilil le najo'oba' yaan ka ach u un'ukulilo'ob beeta ano ob yéetel che' je'ex xan uláak' ba'alo'ob ts'u saatalo ob beorae.

U k'aasile', le mejen ichil najo'ob yano ob ka ach tu ka'a nalil le pak'ilila' óoli' láaj k'askunta abo obe cheen ip'aat u yáanalil ka'apéel ti’ob. Tu chúumukil le pak'ilila' ku páaj tai u yila'al, ma jach ma'alob aniki', ka ap'éel mejen ichil najo ob yaan u yokolilo'ob xaman. Je ex uláak' pak'ilo obil le kuuchila', le najil ajawa' jbeeta ab ichil u jawa jbeeta ab ichil u ja'abiloob 300 yéetel 600. Ts o'okol kiichke lem yuum. Ts'o'okole nojochkiinsa'ab u kaabalil yeetel u na'a kalil tu'ux ku bin máak tu mejen najilo'ob le ajawo'obo, le lo'oba kajkunta'abo ob tak ka jk'uch le káastlan máako'obo.

Yáaxile' chichkuna'an luuk' yéetel yaabkach u boonililo’ob ku jats'utskinsiko ob u táanili le najil ajawa'. Jach
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By J. Makali Bruton, March 29, 2019
3. Structure III at Oxtankah - Palace and Marker
maálob beeta'ano’b yeetel mii ts'iibta'ab wa ba'ax yóok'ol le noj ja lach wiiniko' ob yéetel u k'ujo'obil le noj kaajo’.

English:
Structure III at Oxtankah – Palace

Generally, the main lords’ palaces were placed around the plazas. They were not used exclusively as living quarters, but also served as facilities for receiving visiting personages from other cities, attending to administrative matters, collecting tributes, etc. Room's interiors were furnished with wood objects, as well as rugs, cushions and textiles, though none of these has survived the passage of time.

Unfortunately, the rooms found atop the platform were completely destroyed, the floors of only two of them remaining. In the building's midsection, one can see two rooms in a good state of preservation with entrances on the north side. As other buildings at the site, this palace was constructed between 300 and 600 A.D. Later, the platform and its entrance stairway leading to the royal rooms, were greatly enlarged. These were still in use when the Spaniards arrived.

Multi-colored stuccoes originally decorated the palace façade. Carefully modeled, they may have displayed texts with accounts of the city's rulers and gods.
 
Erected by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).
 
Location.
Structure III at Oxtankah - Palace and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 29, 2019
4. Structure III at Oxtankah - Palace and Marker
This view shows the approximate overall size of Structure III.
18° 36.4′ N, 88° 14.133′ W. Marker is near Calderitas, Quintana Roo, in Municipality of Othón P. Blanco. Marker can be reached from Unnamed road just west of Chetumal Coastal Road, on the left when traveling north. The marker is at the Oxtankah Archaeological Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Calderitas, Quintana Roo 77960, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. An Altar at Oxtankah (within shouting distance of this marker); Structure IV at Oxtankah (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Structure IX at Oxtankah - Palace (about 150 meters away); Oxtankah Archaeological Site (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Chetumal - Kohunlich and Oxtankah (approx. 10.5 kilometers away); Heroes of April 1914 (approx. 11.4 kilometers away); Chetumal Meetings (approx. 12.2 kilometers away); The Chetumal Mask (approx. 13.1 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Calderitas.
 
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Structure I at Oxtankah, just northeast of Structure III. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 29, 2019
5. Structure I at Oxtankah, just northeast of Structure III.
Structure I is a large temple and does not have an associated marker.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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