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that the asymmetry of the gallery suggests its construction prior to the Temple of the Big Tables (1943:231): “if the gallery-patio structure had been later, sufficient space would have been allowed for the gallery to have been built as a symmetrical unit.” Most of the gallery-patio structures at Chichén Itzá indeed are symmetrical, at least with respect to the gallery. Structure 3B3, however, a structure similar in plan to 2D6, is a gallerypatio structure with an asymmetrical gallery, located about 750 meters west of the High Priest’s Grave (Osario). Whereas structure 3B3 is asymmetrical, its boundary walls can be roughly delimited. Structure 2D6, on the other hand, is cramped in relation to the Temple of the Big Tables and its southern walls can only be imagined without excavation. The proximity of structure 2D6 to the Temple of the Big Tables lends weight to Ruppert’s argument. This probably indicates that structure 2D6 was built about the same time as the construction of the Chac Mool Temple, and reinforces a late date for the Temple of the Big Tables. Although the Temple of the Big Tables and structure 2D6 cannot be tied into the sequence with complete confidence, sound stratigraphic evidence shows that the North Colonnade was built after the Temple of the Warriors and the other colonnades (Morris, Charlot and Morris 1931:176-177). The North Colonnade, although not formally a structure of the Great Plaza, is the final building securely tied into the sequence established by the excavations at the Temple of the Warriors. The North Colonnade displays a lack of tidiness, when taken

Court of the Thousand Columns, whose stratigraphic relationships are unknown? Is it a building as late as the Temple of the Big Tables, or is it earlier, indicating that atlantean benches and altars were in use at the same time? Obviously if the latter possibility is the case, a feature as unique as the altantean bench cannot be used to demonstrate temporal relationships. Fortunately, other evidence exists of the relative age of the Temple of the Little Tables and is presented below with the other structures on the Court of the Thousand Columns. Immediately to the north of the Temple of the Big Tables is structure 2D6, a gallerypatio structure entered through a colonnade. Although its complete plan is unknown, it is clearly asymmetrical and crowded next to the Temple of the Big Tables. Ruppert wrote that the asymmetry of the gallery suggests its construction prior to the Temple of the the Temple of the Big Tables. Ruppert wrote

Structure 3B3, Ruppert 1952:Fig. 19

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Architecture and Chronology at Chichén Itzá, Yucatán  

Architecture and Chronology at Chichén Itzá, Yucatán