Photographer's Note

I climbed the steps, not a difficult task, to the top of the Grand Acropolis, on its east side. I was thus able to look down along the complex that runs north - south. The palace is at the front, facing the west. The drainage trench has been cleared and is readily apparent. There is a cistern or water storage tank, two in fact, the most obvious beneath the palapa. Several altars are present emphasizing the importance of religion in daily life.

The subject matter of archaeology that interests me puts every one of my relatives, and the few friends, to sleep. In my opinion, when one enters a site, one should do so with humility, recognizing that your fellow-man lived, worked, played and loved, but above all, struggled here, for survival. I try to turn up my antennae and be sensitive to any disparate clues, whether present or absent that may tell their story.

When Mayans greeted each other, they employed the greeting "In Lak'ech Ala K'in". As I understand it, this means "I am you and you are me". Think on it!

As we returned to the site museum, my young guide Eduardo indicated that he wanted us to return to Villahermosa by following the "Cocoa Route". Tabasco is a significant producer of cocoa, 80% of Mexico's total production, and Mayans love hot chocolate. In fact, cocoa was a common currency in MesoAmerica from about the 5th or 6th century onward. The route to be followed needed some upgrading of the road network and topes (speedbumps) appeared with uncomfortable regularity. What I am saying is that the next 12 uploads (or so) will be of the cocoa route and the three towns of Comalcalco, Cupilco, and Jalpa de Mendez in that order.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-01-15
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-04-06 4:07
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