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3D7, are both multiple-columned buildings entered through a colonnade or gallery. The north and south colonnaded structures of both groups are built on low platforms, and the central two structures of each group are both mounted on higher substructures. The fifth building in each of these functional complexes is a ball court to the east, the Warriors Ball Court (2D9) nestled behind the structures of the main plaza, and the Temescal Ball Court to the east of the four buildings of the Court of the Columns.

Ball Court behind the Temple of the Warriors (2D9) Ruppert 1952:Fig. 16

Differences also exist between the buildings. Thompson’s Temple can only be compared to the Temple of the Warriors in the most general way, and structures 2D6 and 3D7 are unlike in detail. Nevertheless, given the general similarities among the buildings of the two groups, each building in one group apparently stood in a similar functional relationship to the other four structures of the group as the comparable building in the second group stood to its related structures. Even though there might have been some overlap in the period of construction of the five buildings of the two groups, the structures on the Court of the Columns are generally later than those on the main plaza. Thus, the group on the Court of the Columns appears to derive from the constructions on the main plaza.

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Architecture and Chronology at Chichén Itzá, Yucatán  

Architecture and Chronology at Chichén Itzá, Yucatán