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Near San Pedro Columbia, Toledo, Belize
 

Ball Court

 
 
Ball Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2017
1. Ball Court Marker
Inscription.
Ball Court
Structures 21 & 22

This ballcourt was built between 800-900 A.D. Four figurines and three metates (grinding stones) were found here. Amongst the construction fill material lay broken bits of stucco painted red and purplish-black. Throughout ancient Maya territority, the sacred ball game (pok-ta-pok) in modern Yucatec) was played in urban centers. There were private and public ballcourts, as the ball game was an integral part of the social system that included religion, government, politics, and family life.

Institute of Archaeology
National Institute of Culture and History

 
Erected by National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).
 
Location. 16° 16.951′ N, 88° 57.551′ W. Marker is near San Pedro Columbia, Toledo. Marker can be reached from Southern Highway. Touch for map. The marker is near the ball court at the Lubaantún Archaeological Site, reachable off the Southern Highway between the towns of San Pedro Columbia and San Miguel. Marker is in this post office area: San Pedro Columbia, Toledo 7KL1T KPDCF, Belize.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 27 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price
Ball Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2017
2. Ball Court Marker
(approx. 26.2 kilometers away); Lila ‘Leela' Genus Vernon (approx. 26.2 kilometers away).
 
Categories. AnthropologyArchitectureMan-Made FeaturesSports
 
A view of the Lubaantún Archaeological Site. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2017
3. A view of the Lubaantún Archaeological Site.
The ball court is towards the left in this view of a sunken plaza.
A temple at Lubaantún image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2017
4. A temple at Lubaantún
A distinctive temple at Lubaantún, with trees growing from it. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2017
5. A distinctive temple at Lubaantún, with trees growing from it.
A ball court marker from Lubaantún, from a photo at the visitors center. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 16, 2017
6. A ball court marker from Lubaantún, from a photo at the visitors center.
The original ball court markers from Lubaantún were removed in 1915 and are currently in the Harvard Peabody Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 127 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 3, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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