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ABOVE: Temple of the King at Kohunlich. RIGHT: One of the six gigantic stucco pieces flanking the central staircase at Kohunlich’s Temple of the Masks.

A journey into the jungle of the Yucatán affords the opportunity to peer into faces of the past: extraordinary masks that date back 1,500 years.

with a Terminal Classic structure,

They were uncovered, in fact, by site

covering the huge masks and resulting

looters in 1969 and have since been

in their remarkable state of preservation.

protected, along with the rest of the site.

The striking Temple of the Masks at Kohunlich, not far from Costa Maya, is adorned with eight 6-foot-high stucco sculptures on its façade, mysterious visages still bearing traces of red and blue paint. The Temple of the Masks is one of the oldest structures at the Mayan site, which also includes several ball courts and evidence of an irrigation system. Located in the southern part of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, near the border with what is now Belize, Kohunlich dates from approximately A.D. 100 to 900. Accordingly, its structures, many of which are still being excavated, represent more than one ancient architectural style. The Temple of the Masks, built around A.D. 500, represents the Early Classic period. Sometime after A.D. 700, it was overbuilt FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES 1039.indd 1

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