1992 - 93 and 2000-2001
Entering the site, the first thing
you're confronted with is the army of trinket sellers congregating around
the outer wall. They used to ply their goods in the parking lot, but apparently
that practice has been halted. Still, they usually will bargain down to
better prices than sellers in the town, and even if none of their stuff
is exactly museum-quality (if you don't like the color of a little concrete
statue, they'll immerse it in dye for you right there), it does make for
a nice little souvenir.
(on the plaza, with 4 and B in the
Facing each other on the Grand
Plaza, 2 rows of stela peer across the grass. One of the things that I
always try to image when I visit Copan is what the place must've been like
on important days, when the whole center area would be filled with merchants,
food vendors, and wide-eyed kids from the mountain village.
(across from A, with F in the background)
I know that I already have a picture
of this Olmec-ish head, but I really like it. So there.
The corbeled arch is one of
those symbols of Mayan architecture. This is a shot looking across the
2 structure on either side of the ballcourt.
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Two views of the facade of the
buried structure, accessed via the tunnels. The first is a picture of the
reconstruction housed inside the museum, showing the vivid colors as they
might have appeared. The second is a picture from inside the tunnel, showing
the 'profile' of the facade (on the left) and the dug away wall of the
outer structure (on the right). I must admit that I was rather disappointed
in the tunnel. I had expected there to be at least some evidence of the
painting left on the inner building, but if there was any paint at all,
I didn't see it.
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