Archeologists at Chichen Itza in Mexico have determined the original purpose of previously discovered “watchtower-style structures.” It’s believed the Maya people used these structures, which were located atop the walls of the ceremonial ball court, to calculate equinoxes and solstices.
To determine their ancient functions, archeologists actually reconstructed the watchtower-like boxes, which had previously crumbled. As expected, last year they were able to confirm that sunlight shines through the slits within the structures at the winter solstice, and in another pattern at the equinoxes.
They hope to also rebuild the staircases and open the area up to the public in the future.
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Speaking of Chichen Itza and the ceremonial ball court, some say it will play home to the December 21, 2012 Mayan doomsday prophecies. The Maya God Kukulkán, the feathered serpent, will rise from the earth beneath the ceremonial court, heralding the end of the world as we know it.
I’ll be sure to cover that event if/when it happens right here at Stranger Dimensions, so stay tuned.
Image courtesy Brian Snelson.