Posted by: Johan Normark | March 29, 2009

Presenting Ichmul

Considering the time I spent in Ichmul during my dissertation I must also present “my” site. Ichmul was investigated in 2004 and 2005. The site has an interesting Colonial history from around 1550. There are three churches at the site. The white church is today dedicated to the Blister Black Christ.

The Central Plaza and two churches at Ichmul

The Central Plaza and two churches at Ichmul

On top of the Prehispanic Central Acropolis southwest of the churches are substantial remains of a Caste War fortification dating to either 1847 or 1848. This part of the wall crowns the southwestern pyramid of the Central Acropolis.

Caste War fortifications from 1847/1848

Caste War fortifications from 1847/1848

The 4 hectares large Central Acropolis dates back to at least the Early Classic period (AD 250-550). This has been established through a test pit excavation and the style of a T-shaped vault below the northeastern pyramid.

Vault in the Central Acropolis

Vault in the Central Acropolis

Ichmul has five causeways that end at other neighboring sites. The largest of these sites is San Andres, roughly tre km from central Ichmul.

San Andres

San Andres

The white church in central Ichmul can clearly be seen from the top of the largest structure at San Andres. The causeway that connects the site aims toward the altar of the Black Christ church. The Central Acropolis is the two mounds directly left of the church.

The Black Christ church on the horizon

The Black Christ church on the horizon

 

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