Posted by: Johan Normark | March 29, 2009

Presenting Sacalaca

Located along the “church route” is the village and ejido of Sacalaca. It has become the basis for the CRAS project (after leaving Saban in 2007).

Welcome to Sacalaca

Welcome to Sacalaca

The colonial settlement at Sacalaca dates back to at least 1579 when there was a small chapel at the site. There are now two churches at the site. On the picture we have the southern one which has been restored in recent days (many of the churches in the Cochuah region were destroyed during the Caste War (1847-1901).

The southern church in Sacalaca

The southern church in Sacalaca

Near the northern church lies the Prehispanic acropolis of Sacalaca. It can be seen in the reconstructions in an earlier entry. Here Alberto Flores and I excavated a test pit in 2003. Most of the floor levels were Terminal Classic and we had to halt our excavations when we encountered a Late Formative stairway with thick layers of plaster.

Operation 1 at Sacalaca

Operation 1 at Sacalaca

Near the acropolis is a platform with an interesting subvault that ends in what appears to be a cave.

Subvault and cave(?)

Subvault and cave(?)

East of central Sacalaca is one of the southernmost cenotes in the region. This is roughly where the Chicxulub fracture zone ends.

Cenote

Cenote

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