Iximche - or Maize Tree
Iximche is an archaeological site dating from 1470 -1524 in the highlands of Guatemala. (you'll have it all to yourself) I was surprised to learn that the site is located at an elevation of almost 7,500 feet. I knew that we had weaved, swerved and climbed, but I would have guessed 5,000 tops. The plaza was built on a ridge, for protection from invaders, and is surrounded by deep ravines.
The site hasn't been reconstructed as much as other sites, so it is not as visually impressive. However, these temples never did have the height and drama of the lowland temples. At one time, they had platforms and thatched roofs.
The skeletal remains of over 100 people were discovered here - many the victims of human sacrifice. In fact, this hole in the ground was a receptacle for blood.
However, not all of the old bones were victims of decapitation! The noble tombs revealed squatting skeletons with various precious objects: jade, obsidian, turquoise, gold, copper and even some carved human bone jewelry.
I (think) this is a pictorial of ceremonial offerings.
Now days, Iximche is extremely popular with locals for ceremonial purposes. I asked our guide if it was O.K. to take a photo of this ceremony. He said yes, but even so, I just zoomed in and snapped one photo.
P.S. I have a new post over at The Chorus of the Crows! It's about three bold and scrappy book thieves...
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