The first thing to note is that the entrance to the archeological site of Chunhuhub shows visitors a collection of sculptures from nearby Xcochkax; this site is closed to the public, so several of these artefacts are on display in Chunhuhub to protect them from the elements. Some remarkable exhibits include a block with a dancer, jambs that show important figures and corner pieces with the faces of gods. Also there are ashlars with hieroglyphs and the cover of a vault with a relief of the Pop sign—a symbol of political authority and also one used to mark the first of the 18 Maya months.
Architecture was at its most elaborate in the western part of the Yucatan peninsula between 800 and 1000 AD, with Puuc-style buildings such as those found in Chunhuhub among the finest examples from this period of growth. All of the exterior and interior stonework on the monumental Chunhuhub buildings is clearly in the Puuc style of architecture with a commanding beauty that highlights the chiaroscuro effect on the smooth walls, alternating with the openings or entrances to the chambers.
Two excavated and restored pre-Hispanic constructions are open to visitors in the Chunhuhub archeological site: the first is the Palace or Structure 1, built on a platform yet to be explored. This structure formed part of a series of houses for high-ranking members of society. Archeological digs have only restored some sectors that reveal the monumentality and wealth invested by the valley’s former occupants. The quality of stonework is impressive and the skilled assembly speaks highly both of the Maya architects and of the stonemasons who left us this invaluable legacy. The structure has four wide entrances. The second or central one (the first one has not been restored) is profusely decorated on both sides. The frieze features seated sculptures of the sun god Kinich Ahau, in alternation with bats. The construction behind shows chambers with Maya vaulted roofs but no work has been carried out there yet.
Structure 2. Just beside one side of the Palace and with three rooms. The facade is smooth and the half-molding, like the corniche, is decorated with smooth cylindrical shapes. The frieze includes sets of small tambours with joints, but highlight the patterns on the entrance openings, evoking large zoomorphic masks. A partially restored set of stairs is located between both structures.
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