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II. Stratigraphic Sequence of Construction on the Great Plaza One must work from the best evidence available to understand the architectural development of Modified Florescent ChichĂŠn ItzĂĄ. The excavations at the Temple of the Warriors and related edifices provide the best stratigraphic record of building activity during this period, and this sequence of construction from the Great Plaza provides the framework for reference of the architecture of the rest of the site. The excavations by Earl Morris at the Temple of the Warriors, the Chac Mool Temple, and the related colonnades, when tied to the sequence of building at the Castillo, yield not only the best, but also the longest stratigraphic record known for the site. One must analyze the results and implications of these excavations before attempting an architectural synthesis of the site. Morris, Charlot and Morris provide the sequence of construction of the buildings on the main plaza that follows (1931:165-177).

Great Plaza, Kilmartin & O’Neill map (detail), Ruppert 1952:Fig. 151


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Architecture and Chronology at Chichén Itzá, Yucatán  

Architecture and Chronology at Chichén Itzá, Yucatán