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Melchor de Mencos in Municipality of Melchor de Mencos, Petén, Guatemala
 

The Plaza of the Birds

 
 
The Plaza of the Birds Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
1. The Plaza of the Birds Marker
Inscription.
Plaza de los Pájaros
(Plaza E)
El conjunto limita con la Acrópolis del Norte y con la Acrópolis Noreste. La Plaza de los Pájaros es uno de los espacios urbanos más amplios que fueron construidos en Yaxhá durante el período Clásico Tardío. Entre sus componentes arquitectónicos se encuentra un patio para Juego de Pelota que ocupa el sector norte, mientras en el Este se ubica un largo basamento que sostuvo tres santuarios relacionadas con los tres niveles de la creación.

Entre los tres monumentos erigidos sobre la plaza sobresale la estela 31 debido a sus complicados diseños que incluyen varios pájaros y temas de la naturaleza evidentes en el tocado del personaje principal.

English translation:
The Plaza of the Birds
(Plaza E)
This plaza borders the North Acropolis and the Northeast Acropolis. The Plaza of the Birds is one of the larger urban spaces that was built in Yaxhá during the Late Classic Period. Among its architectural components is a ball court occupying the northern sector, while to the east there is a long platform that held three shrines related to the three levels of the universe according to Mayan mythology.

Among the three monuments on the plaza, stela 31 stands out due to its intricate designs that include several birds and natural themes that are evident in
The Plaza of the Birds Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
2. The Plaza of the Birds Marker
The nearby stelas mentioned in the marker can be seen near the marker.
the headdress of the person depicted on the stela.
 
Location. 17° 4.48′ N, 89° 24.168′ W. Marker is in Melchor de Mencos, Petén, in Municipality of Melchor de Mencos. Touch for map. The marker is close to the Plaza de los Pájaros in Yaxhá Archaeological Park. The park is some 5 kilometers north of the village of El Zapote, turning from the CA13 road. Marker is in this post office area: Melchor de Mencos, Petén 17011, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Palace's Ballgame (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Sacrificial Pyramid (about 120 meters away); The North Acropolis at Yaxhá (about 150 meters away); Intersection of the Eastern and Quarry Causeways (about 210 meters away); East Causeway Residential Zone (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Quarry Causeway (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Plaza of the Columns (approx. half a kilometer away); The Eastern Acropolis of Yaxhá (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melchor de Mencos.
 
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Stela 30 near The Plaza of the Birds Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
3. Stela 30 near The Plaza of the Birds Marker
This stela is badly weathered and was broken into pieces at some point. It is protected by a structure with a thatched roof made of palms.
Stela 31 near The Plaza of the Birds Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 19, 2016
4. Stela 31 near The Plaza of the Birds Marker
This stela, mentioned on the marker, shows a figure facing to the left wearing an elaborate headdress incorporating birds and other elements related to nature.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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