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Pisté in Municipality of Tinum, Yucatán, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

The Plaza of the Thousand Columns

 
 
The Plaza of the Thousand Columns Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 17, 2017
1. The Plaza of the Thousand Columns Marker
Inscription.
Plaza de las Mil Columnas
Su principal características son los amplios espacios abovedados sostenidos por columnas. Es probable que la función de esta Plaza haya cido cívico-religiosa; su construcción se fecha en el periodo Clásico Tardio-Posclásico Temprano. Cuenta con un sistema de drenaje que capta el agua y la almacena en una depresión natural situada al Noreste de la Plaza. Además de los edificios formales, existen aproximadamente cuarenta basamentos que fueron construidos con material procedente de los edificios ya en desuso de la Plaza. Son restos de construcciones con techos y muros de material perecedero que deben de haber cumplido funciones muy distintas y en espacios mucho más reducidos que los originales, tal vez como centro de una población humilde asentada en las ruinas de la que antaño fuera una gran ciudad. La pilastra aquí restaurada se encontró dispersa entre los basamentos descritos anteriormente.

Maya-Yucateco:
K’ilwikil le Miil Ka’anal Tak’a’an Tuunicho’obo’
U nojoch chiikulile’ leti’ le kóochtak kúuchilo’ob beey áaktun kucha’an tumen ka’anal tak’a’an tuunicho’obe’. Le k’iiwika’ mii meyajnaj tia’al u beeta’al k’a’ana’an ba’alo’obil kaaj yéetel k’u’ naj; ku ts’a’aba’al u k’iin tu k’iinil Clásico Tardio-Posclásico Temprano. Yaan ti tu’ux u ta’aka’al ja’ ti’ jump’éel kóom yaan
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By J. Makali Bruton, January 17, 2017
2. The Plaza of the Thousand Columns Marker
The marker is in the middle of the plaza, at the base of this restored column mentioned in the marker text. Some of the many additional columns can be seen to the left in this view.
tu xaman-lak’inil le k’iiwika. Ts’o’okol le pak’o oba’, yaan xan na ats’ ti’ ka’ak’aal wa 40 kaabal pak’o’ob jbeeta’ab yéetel tuunicho’ob jtaasa’ab ti’ pak’o’ob jáaw u meyajo’ob ti’ le k’iiwika’. U káakachalo’ob pak’o’ob’ yéetel jo’ol najil yéetel pak’o’obil ba’alo’ob ku k’aspajai mii meyajnajo’ob ti’ uiáak’ jela’an ba’alo’ob yéetel ti’ kúuchilo’ob maas nu’ut’o’ob ti’ le tu’ux yáax meyajnajo’obo’, mii je’ex u chúumukil jump’éel óotsil kaajal yaanchaj tu yúuchben pakilo’obil jump’éel úuchben nojoch kaaje’. Le ka’anal tak’a’an kanti’its tuunicho’ob ka’ meenta’ab ke’ela’ kaxta’ab k’itpaja an ichil le.

English:
Plaza of the Thousand Columns
The main characteristic of this structure are the ample vaulted spaces held up by columns. It is probable that the function of this Plaza was civic and religious. Its construction is dated in the Late Classic-Early Post Classic periods. It has a drainage system that gathers water and stores it in a natural depression northeast of the Plaza. Besides the main buildings, there are approximately 40 plinths (bases or foundations) which were built with stone from the buildings already in disuse in the Plaza. These are the remains of constructions built of perishable materials and must have served very different purposes than the original buildings since the spaces are very much reduced, perhaps as a center for humble inhabitants,
The Plaza of the Thousand Columns image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 17, 2017
3. The Plaza of the Thousand Columns
In this view of the columns towards the north it is possible to see the "Temple of the Warriors" in the background.
living amidst the ruins of what was once a great city. The restored pillar here was found lost among the aforementioned plinths.
 
Erected by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).
 
Location. 20° 40.947′ N, 88° 34.034′ W. Marker is in Pisté, Yucatán, in Municipality of Tinum. Marker can be reached from Carretera Costera de Golfo (Route 180). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pisté, Yucatán 97751, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Northern Colonnade (within shouting distance of this marker); The Colonnade of the Northeastern Corner (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Temple of the Warriors (about 90 meters away); The Palace of the Sculpted Columns (about 90 meters away); Temple of the Small Tables (about 120 meters away); Temple of the Large Tables (about 120 meters away); The Market (about 150 meters away); The Southeastern Colonnade (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pisté.
 
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An additional view of the restored column, seen towards the west and the entrance to the plaza. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 17, 2017
4. An additional view of the restored column, seen towards the west and the entrance to the plaza.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 11, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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