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Santa Elena in Municipality of Santa Elena, Yucatán, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

The Cemetery Group

 
 
The Cemetery Group Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
1. The Cemetery Group Marker
Inscription.
El Grupo del Cementerio
Los relieves de calaveras con huesos entrelacruzados y tocados presentes en cuatro pequeñas plataformas al norte del patio, dieron nombre al conjunto que data de 900-1000 d.C. Al poniente existen tres edificaciones sobre una plataforma, de las cuales la central es la más conservada. Su decoración es sobria, con muros lisos y un friso que aún conserva algunas espigas. Tiene restos de una crestería calada que estuvo decorada con estuco.

Pie de dibujos:
Corte lateral de la bóveda maya.
Corte frontal de la estructura

Maya-Yucateco:
Le múuchi’il pak’ilo’oba’ k’aaba’ata’ab beya’ tyo’olal le tseek’o’ob yéetel baakelo’ob k’atakbalo’ob yaan ti’ kamp’éel mejen táax but’bil lu’um tu xamanil le táankabilo’, ku k’iimbesa’al tu ja’abilo’ob 900 tak 1,000 ts’o’okol u k’uchul ki’ichkelem yuum. Tu chik’inile’ yaan óoxp’éel pak’ililo’ob yóok’ol jump’éel ka’anal táax lu’um, le yaan chúumuko’ let’ le maas ma’alob aniko’. Yaan óoxp’éel xaman yéetel uláak’ nojol. U betpajlile’ ma’ ya’ab u jats’utsili’, táax u pak’ilo’ob yéetel yaan ti’ chéen jayp’éel yi’ij. U ka’analile’ ku yila’al joolol ka’achij yéetel jats’utskina’an ka’ach yéetel meyajta’an chichkuna’an luuk’.

English:
The name of this group comes from the skull and crossbones motif and the headdresses appearing
The Cemetery Group Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
2. The Cemetery Group Marker
on the bas-reliefs on four small platforms on the north side of the patio. Construction dates back to 900-1000 A.D. On a platform to the west, there are three small structures, the central one being the best preserved. The sober decoration consists of plain walls and a frieze that still conserves a few cornstalks. The remains of a roof crest coated in stucco are also found here.

Captions, translated:
Cross section of the maya vault.
Cross section of the front of the structure.
 
Erected by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes de México (CONACULTA)-INAH.
 
Location. 20° 21.648′ N, 89° 46.379′ W. Marker is in Santa Elena, Yucatán, in Municipality of Santa Elena. Marker can be reached from Route 261. Touch for map. The marker is in the center of the Cemetery Group in the southern portion of the Uxmal Archaeological Site, some ten kilometers from Muna, south of Mérida. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Elena, Yucatán 97899, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stelae Building (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Ballgame (about 210 meters away); The Pigeon-House Cluster (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Great Temple / Great Pyramid
An additional Cemetery Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
3. An additional Cemetery Complex Marker
This marker has similar text to the featured marker and is directly outside of the complex on the walking path. It notes that the complex is not actually a cemetery. The area was given that name due to the sculpted imagery of skulls found in the complex.
(approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Columns Building or the East Portico (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Quadrangle of the Birds (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Architecture (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Governor's Palace (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Elena.
 
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An example of the skull and crossbones motif at the Cemetery Group. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
4. An example of the skull and crossbones motif at the Cemetery Group.
An inverted skull sculpture at The Cemetery Group image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 20, 2017
5. An inverted skull sculpture at The Cemetery Group
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 20, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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