Freedom8 Mesoamerica


is located about 100 kilometers from the town of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas near the border with Guatemala. The site is on the edge of a large lake called Lagunas de Montebello. Chinkultic contains around 200 mounds grouped into six clusters, which include a ball court. One Temple called El Mirador, has been partially explored and restored. The site was occupied from the Late Pre-Classic period until the Terminal Classic, although it must have reached its peak in the Late Classic. Stelae found here have dates going from the years 591 to 897 A.D. The best known relic in Chinkultic is a ball court marker. This unit is circular in form and has as its central motif a player who is seen striking a large ball. It has a date equivalent to the year 591 A.D.