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Cop án, Honduras October   24, 2004 Cop á n Ruinas Cop á n Archaeological Site
Mayan Temple (top right). An arch before the keystone was invented (top left). The Acropolis (bottom left). Closer look inside building (bottom right).
The ball court (Juego de Pelota; AD 731) behind me is where they played their games. This ball court is the 2nd largest in Central America. The winner of the game was sacrificed. The covered structure is the Hieroglyphic Stairway, which was the work of King Smoke Shell. (top) Jaguar looks like Tigger (bottom).
Museum of Sculpture Cop án Mayans are best known for their fine sculptures  (not large temples). An intricate head (top). Different expressions (left).
Altar Q: This stone depicts the 16 great kings of Copan “passing down the baton of power” from one king to the next. This stone may have been made for the inauguration of its creator, Yax Pac (Sunrise or First Dawn), the 16th king.  This is the original altar. The reproduction lays in the Acropolis. (top) A representation of death (below). Perhaps these types of sculptures gave rise to the skull candies made for D í a de los Muertos.
The real Stela A (right), depicting King 18 Rabbit. The one outside, in the Great Plaza, is a reproduction. This is thought to be one of the most beautiful stalae. Layers of temple representing water dripping (left). The circle bunches are the symbol for rain.
Rosalila Temple: This true scale replica is as it would have looked in years past (right).  The real temple was so sacred that is was not destroyed when Structure 16 of the Acropolis was built over it. Moon Jaguar dedicated it. Carving on Stucco (left).
Head of an old man (top). Man crouching and holding an alligator (right).
A Scribes Domain House indicates a scribes residence by the writing implements in his hands (top left). A self portrait. The wand hanging from the neck indicates a scribe (top right). A hieroglyph table. Most tables were plain, but a scribe had the luxury of putting symbols on it.
A Warriors Home is indicated by implements of war (right).
Sendero Natural  Entering the Forest Los recursos y la magia de la naturaleza f ormaban el centro en la vida Maya. Al mismo tiempo la naturaleza jugó un papel importante en el colapso de la civilización Maya por haber sido explotada. Hoy podemos preguntarnos qué hemos aprendido de los Mayas y qué mensaje dejamos para los nietos de nuestros nietos … Sendero Natural Yax The resources and magic of nature were central to  the Mayan lifestyle. At the same time, nature played an important role in the collapse of the Mayan civilization because it was exploited. Today we can ask ourselves what we have learned from the Mayans, and what message we can leave behind for our great grand children … Nature Trail Yax

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Copan, Honduras

  • 1. Cop án, Honduras October 24, 2004 Cop á n Ruinas Cop á n Archaeological Site
  • 2. Mayan Temple (top right). An arch before the keystone was invented (top left). The Acropolis (bottom left). Closer look inside building (bottom right).
  • 3. The ball court (Juego de Pelota; AD 731) behind me is where they played their games. This ball court is the 2nd largest in Central America. The winner of the game was sacrificed. The covered structure is the Hieroglyphic Stairway, which was the work of King Smoke Shell. (top) Jaguar looks like Tigger (bottom).
  • 4. Museum of Sculpture Cop án Mayans are best known for their fine sculptures (not large temples). An intricate head (top). Different expressions (left).
  • 5. Altar Q: This stone depicts the 16 great kings of Copan “passing down the baton of power” from one king to the next. This stone may have been made for the inauguration of its creator, Yax Pac (Sunrise or First Dawn), the 16th king. This is the original altar. The reproduction lays in the Acropolis. (top) A representation of death (below). Perhaps these types of sculptures gave rise to the skull candies made for D í a de los Muertos.
  • 6. The real Stela A (right), depicting King 18 Rabbit. The one outside, in the Great Plaza, is a reproduction. This is thought to be one of the most beautiful stalae. Layers of temple representing water dripping (left). The circle bunches are the symbol for rain.
  • 7. Rosalila Temple: This true scale replica is as it would have looked in years past (right). The real temple was so sacred that is was not destroyed when Structure 16 of the Acropolis was built over it. Moon Jaguar dedicated it. Carving on Stucco (left).
  • 8. Head of an old man (top). Man crouching and holding an alligator (right).
  • 9. A Scribes Domain House indicates a scribes residence by the writing implements in his hands (top left). A self portrait. The wand hanging from the neck indicates a scribe (top right). A hieroglyph table. Most tables were plain, but a scribe had the luxury of putting symbols on it.
  • 10. A Warriors Home is indicated by implements of war (right).
  • 11. Sendero Natural Entering the Forest Los recursos y la magia de la naturaleza f ormaban el centro en la vida Maya. Al mismo tiempo la naturaleza jugó un papel importante en el colapso de la civilización Maya por haber sido explotada. Hoy podemos preguntarnos qué hemos aprendido de los Mayas y qué mensaje dejamos para los nietos de nuestros nietos … Sendero Natural Yax The resources and magic of nature were central to the Mayan lifestyle. At the same time, nature played an important role in the collapse of the Mayan civilization because it was exploited. Today we can ask ourselves what we have learned from the Mayans, and what message we can leave behind for our great grand children … Nature Trail Yax