Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
El Pueblito in Municipality of La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The Plaza of the Sculptures

 
 
The Plaza of the Sculptures Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2019
1. The Plaza of the Sculptures Marker
Inscription.  

Plaza de las Esculturas
El nombre de esta plaza proviene del hallazgo de fragmentos de escultura en piedra procedentes de los derrumbes de las salas con columnas que le rodeaban. Arquitectónicamente es una plaza rectangular con dimensiones de 70 metros de largo por 60 metros de ancho. Está delimitada por tres plataformas en sus costados sur, oriente y norte, a las cuales se accede por igual número de escalinatas. La percepción visual de quien se encuentra al interior de la plaza es el de una plaza hundida. De esta manera se pierde de vista el horizonte, generando una sensación de privacidad.
Sobre las plataformas existieron largas salas con columnas de madera que sostenían una techumbre decorada con coronamientos del tipo dardo solar. La sala oriente contenía en su interior cuatro altares en tanto la sala norte muestra en su interior una larga banca que precedía a un cuarto cerrado con un altar. La plaza fue utilizada para ceremonias colectivas en las cuales se depositaban y quemaban ofrendas al interior de las salas.

Pie de dibujos:
Esquema de la Plaza de las Esculturas
Panorámica de la Plaza de las
The Plaza of the Sculptures and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2019
2. The Plaza of the Sculptures and Marker
The plaza mentioned in the marker text can be seen behind the marker.
Esculturas
Cabeza de porta estandarte y Coronamiento de dardo solar

English translation:
The Plaza of the Sculptures
The name of this square comes from the discovery of fragments of stone sculpture from the collapsed rooms made from columns that surrounded the plaza. Architecturally it is a rectangular square with dimensions of 70 meters long by 60 meters wide. It is bordered by three platforms on its south, east and north sides, to which it is accessed by an equal number of stairs. The visual perception of someone inside the square is that of being in a sunken plaza. In this way the horizon can’t be seen, creating a sense of privacy. On the platforms there were long rooms made of wooden columns that supported a roof decorated with dart-like crowns. The east room contained four altars inside, while the north room included a long bench that precedes an enclosed room which had an altar. The square was used for collective ceremonies in which offerings were burned and then deposited in the interior of the rooms.

Captions:
A recreated view of the Plaza of the Sculptures
An overview of the Plaza of the Sculptures
A head that was used to top a standard and a solar dart
 
Erected by Secretaría de Cultura y el Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).
 
Location.
The Plaza of the Sculptures and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2019
3. The Plaza of the Sculptures and Marker
In this view from inside the plaza, the marker can be seen right of center on an elevated portion of the eastern end of the plaza.
20° 33.043′ N, 100° 26.579′ W. Marker is in El Pueblito, Querétaro, in Municipality of La Corregidora. Marker can be reached from Camino al Cerrito just west of Capitán Pedro Urtiaga, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located while walking from the Pyramid towards the Altar of the Skulls at the El Cerrito Archaeological Site. Marker is in this post office area: El Pueblito, Querétaro 76900, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Building of the Four Altars (a few steps from this marker); Platform and Pyramid (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Little Fort" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Plaza of the Dancers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Altar of the Skulls (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Obsidian Altar (about 120 meters away); El Cerrito ("The Little Hill") (about 150 meters away); The Earth and its Cosmic Paths (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Pueblito.
 
Categories. ArchitectureMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
The Plaza of the Sculptures image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 3, 2019
4. The Plaza of the Sculptures
This additional view is towards the northeast at the plaza mentioned in the marker text.
 
More. Search the internet for The Plaza of the Sculptures.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 14, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
Paid Advertisement We are suspending Amazon.com advertising until they remove an ad for a certain book from circulation. A word in the book’s title has given rise to number of complaints. The word is inappropriate in school classroom settings.