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Uxmal A Study of Mayan Art and Architecture Mayan civilization flourished in the greater Yucatan Peninsula and adjacent highlands from as early as 300 BC and continued until the Spanish Conquest in the sixteenth century although its origin almost certainly reaches considerably farther in timeGallenkamp 198535 Remnants of the ancient civilization can be found in the form of art and architecture The archaeological site at the Mayan city of Uxmal has many examples of Mayan Art and architecture The Mayan civilization had remarkable artistic and intellectual achievements in architecture sculpture hieroglyphic writing astronomy and mathematics They were also know for their farming techniques their use of chultunes which are cistern style reservoirs that held rain water and their extensive trade Uxmal means Thrice Built it was named this way because of three clearly visible construction epochs It is considered as one of the most beautiful Mayan cities Located at about 80 km south of Mrida on what is now road 261 within the Puuc region of the northwest Yucatan Taking advantage of the variances of the terrain it was built with great symmetrical precision Kowalski 198727 The urban center has a series of quadrangular buildings and open spaces Given the dimensions it is clear in its time Uxmal had great political social cultural and economic impact Its building process surely demanded an efficient organization of the labor force and the intervention of specialists such as stonecutters brick masons sculptors painters and so on Rubio 199089 Nonetheless from looking at pictures it becomes clear why the investigations have centered its attention to the architecture The buildings at the site of Uxmal are very important to the archaeological record Although we are learning more every day we still do not know enough about this region and their culture The buildings give us insight into the everyday lives of those who once lived there and are a piece of human history that needs to
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