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Pre-Columbine cultures. Palenque Mayan ruins

  • Pre-Columbine cultures. Mayan ruins of Palenque. General Archive of the Indies © Ministerio de Cultura

    Pre-Columbine cultures. Mayan ruins of Palenque. General Archive of the Indies © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Archaeology

Original title

Culturas precolombinas. Ruinas mayas de Palenque
General Archive of the Indies
Seville
Seville, Andalusia

The city of Palenque, in the eastern mountains of Chiapas, was already abandoned when Mexico was conquered

In 1773, Ramón Ordóñez drafted a first report on the ruins of Palenque. In 1784, José Antonio de Calderón, deputy mayor of Palenque, led the first expedition and drafted a report. This is why a year later the architect Antonio Bernasconi went to reconnoitre the place with Calderón. He drafted plans of the area and of the buildings, and drew bas-reliefs.

  

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