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Dzibilchaltún in Municipality of Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

The Seven Dolls

 
 
The Seven Dolls Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 11, 2017
1. The Seven Dolls Marker
Inscription.
Las Siete Muñecas
El edificio debe su nombre a una ofrenda de siete muñecas burdos de barro, que se encontraron en su interior. Esta construcción es de plant cuadrangular, con una cámara cenral rodeada por un corredor. Su techo formaba una torre proyectada por encima del edificio. Presenta cuatro accesos y una ventana a cada lado de sus entradas, al poniente y al oriente, lo que le da el carácter de observatorio astronómico y construido sobre un basamento piramidal de esquinas metidas, con escaleras y acceso por sus cuatro lados. El friso del edificio estuvo decorado con ocho mascarones estucados sobre una base de piedra tallada y dos serpientes entrelazadas y glifos, cuentas, plumas y animales marinos en estuco modelado. Hacia 800 d.C. fue rellenado con piedras y tapado con la construcción de otro edificio mayor, cuyos restos lo cubren aún en parte.

Maya-Yucateco:
Le wubp’eel baaxal mejen ch’uupalo.
U k’aaba’e ku tal ti’ jump’eel paachil K’uubil jbeeta’ab yeetel wukp’eel mejen maako’ob pata’ano’ob yeetel k’at kaxta’abo’ob ichil le naja. Lela jump’eel pak’ meenta’an kamp’eel u tirts, yeetel jump’eel otoch tu chuumuk, bak’pacta’an tumen jump’eel tu’ux u maan maak. U jo’ol naje’ bey jump’eel pak’ wa’ala’an yook’ol le najo’. Yan kamp’eel u joolil u yokol maak yeetel jump’eel paakat najil tu tseel
The Seven Dolls Building image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 11, 2017
2. The Seven Dolls Building
In this view of the Seven Dolls building, the remains of the additional temple that was built on top of it can be seen, as mentioned in the marker text.
le okolilo’obo’, chik’in yeetel lak’in, letene’ jump’eel tu’ux u yila’al tulaakal ka’an. Beeta’an yook’ol jump’eel najil k’u oksaja’an un ti’itsilo’ob, yeetel eebo’ob tia’al u yokol maak ti’ u kantseelo’ob. U tan le najo’ yan ka’ach ti’ waxak yich maako’ob meenta’ano’ob ti’ t’oja’an tuunich yeetel ka’ap’eel kaano’ob u mek’majubao’ob, yeetel ts’iibo’ob, xooko’ob, k’u’uk’melo’ob yeetel k’aak’nabil ba’alche’ob pata’ano’ob yeetel luuk’. Tu ja’abil 800 ts’o’okol ki’ichkelem yuume’ jchu’up yeetel tuunicho’ob yeetel jpi’ix yeetel jump’eel maas nojoch naj, u ts’ooko’obe’ xuulul tan u pixiko’ob.

English:
The Seven Dolls

The owes its name to an offering of seven coarsely-made dolls found in its interior. It is a one-storey quadrangular building, with a central chamber surrounded by a corridor. The roof was tower-like and it projected itself upwards from the vaulting. It has four accesses and a window to the side of the each entrance, facing East and West, thus giving it the characteristics of an Astronomical observatory. It.s constructed upon a pyramidal pedestal, with sloping corners, with sets of steps on all four sides. The frieze of the building was decorated with eight stuccoed masks upon a base of carved stone, two intertwined serpents and glyphs, beads, feathers and sea animals in modelled stucco. Towards 800 A.D. it was filled up with stones and covered
The Seven Dolls Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 11, 2017
3. The Seven Dolls Marker
The marker is at the lower left in this view, with the Seven Dolls building in the background.
by another, larger, building, whose remains still partially cover it.
 
Erected by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).
 
Location. 21° 5.47′ N, 89° 35.434′ W. Marker is in Dzibilchaltún, Yucatán, in Municipality of Mérida. Touch for map. The marker is northwest of the Seven Dolls building at the Dzibilchaltun Archaeological Zone. The park is off the road towards the small village of Dzilbilchaltun, to the east some 20 km north of Mérida on the Mérida-Progeso Highway (Hwy. 261). Marker is in this post office area: Dzibilchaltún, Yucatán 97300, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Adjoining Rooms (within shouting distance of this marker); The Habitational Complex (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Sacbe 1 (approx. half a kilometer away); Dzibilchaltún Archaeological Site (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Structure 36 (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The Open Chapel (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Central Square (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Substructure 38 (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dzibilchaltún.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
A close-up from the marker of an image of the seven dolls found in excavations of the building. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 11, 2017
4. A close-up from the marker of an image of the seven dolls found in excavations of the building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 163 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 11, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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