The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Mayan theater, used by elite characters of Mayan society approximately 1,200 years ago, discovered
This place was used by the high ranking members of society to make themselves legitimate through political plays before important minority groups in the region. Photo: Luis Alberto Martos/INAH.
OCOSINGO.- A Mayan theater, that was most likely used by elite characters of Mayan society approximately 1,200 years ago, was found in the archaeological site of Plan de Ayutla, in Ocosingo, Chiapas, by investigators of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH – Conaculta); according to the specialists, this place was used by the high ranking members of society to make themselves legitimate through political plays before important minority groups in the region.

Luis Alberto Martos Lopez, the investigation project’s director of this pre Hispanic settlement (128 km [79.9 miles] south of Palenque), made the finding known at the opening of the 7th Archaeological Symposium, developed in the Great Temple Museum, dedicated to the subject of: Abandonment and Destruction, The End of Mesoamerican Societies.

He also spoke of scenic complexes of the type, the difference residing in their larger proportions, which exist in other cities in the Mayan area such as Tikal, Guatemala; Chinkultic, Chiapas; Pechal, Peor es Nada and Edzna in Campeche. In Edzna, the Nohochna o “Casa Grande” stands should be particularly mentioned. However, in Plan de Ayutla the access must have been restricted, and only used for exclusive sectors.

The function of these spaces has been studied since 1985, by archaeologists such as Armando Garcia Gutierrez from UNAM, and recently, by investigator Takeshi Inomata, from the University of Arizona; however references to these spaces could be tracked down since the sixteenth century. For example, Diego de Landa, bishop of Merida, recorded that “there were kind of theaters of stone and mortar” in front of the north terrace of El Castillo, in Chichen Itza.

The friar also noted that comedies and farces were made within them in the purpose of recreation for all people, and that the Plataforma de Venus and of Los Jaguares –also in Chichen Itza– were also used to make these types of representations, said Martos Lopez.

Plan de Ayutla’s theater, established recently, he added, is located near the North Acropolis, in which the rural season is being made early in order to open the site in the future. This forum is of a reduced capacity, at most it could hold 120 people, Martos Lopez specified.

To create the scenic space –which has stands that are three steps wide limited by ridges–, he explained, they prepared a patio that would be limited by various buildings that had been earlier constructed, between 250 and 550 d.C. The façade of one of these edifications (eight meters [26 feet] long) was removed to create the forum and to make it work as an acoustic shell.

“The theater was exclusive, since it was found in an acropolis, 42 meters (137 feet) above the other plazas. The scenic space lay inside a palace complex, which makes it different to others that have already been studied, which generally are in plazas and served the purpose of entertaining multitudes.”



Today's News

August 30, 2012

While digging a highway, Israeli archeologists find two figurines from the New Stone Age

Sotheby's Hong Kong announces Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale

Christie's announces first major highlight of the November Evening Sales in New York

Around 100 fossils, skeletons and mineralized panels featured in Sotheby's Natural History Sale

Campbell Soup Company is tapping Andy Warhol for another 15 minutes of fame

Photography exhibition features original work created at San Antonio Museum of Art

Mayan theater, used by elite characters of Mayan society approximately 1,200 years ago, discovered

Biennale of Sydney announces new Board Director, Virgin Australia's Danielle Keighery

Irving Penn, Gustav Klimt, and Vassily Kandinsky are among the names behind the masterpieces at Clars sale

Burning-monk photographer Malcolm Browne dies at a New Hampshire hospital at age 81

"Sculptors' Drawings & Works On Paper" opens at Pangolin Pangolin London and Kings Place Gallery

Sotheby's presents the highlights from its Autumn sales at the Galerie Charpentier

University of Virginia Fralin Museum of Art exhibits 'Jean Hélion: Reality and Abstraction'

Unique collection of footie star shirts worn at first-ever season of Premier League for sale at Bonhams

Collections from France, Germany & Italy lead Bonhams Fine & Rare Wine Sale

World Monuments Fund launches "World Monuments Watch Day," celebrating sites across the globe

1 year later, MLK Memorial inscription unchanged

Bonhams hosts the Fall Fine Clocks Auction; largest ever to take place at the auction house

Religion, ritual and performance in the Renaissance opens at the Allen Memorial Art Museum

National Building Museum awards Paul Goldberger its Vincent Scully Prize

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Mystery over massive Alexander the Great-era tomb unearthed in northern Greece

2.- An ancient money box containing a large rare hoard of coins found in Israel

3.- Robin Williams' portrait installed today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

4.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announces three new contemporary exhibitions in fall

5.- New Aspen Art Museum designed by architect Shigeru Ban opens to the public

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art launches 82nd & Fifth app in 12 languages

7.- MoMA online-only publication features new research on Pablo Picasso and Cubism

8.- Volunteers needed for massive Smithsonian digitization project

9.- Tate Britain welcomes home John Everett Millais's Ophelia and Rossetti’s The Beloved

10.- Bogart estate: Hollywood golden age icon Lauren Bacall dead at 89 in New York



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site