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The pyramid, south side

Acanceh is an ancient Maya archaeological site located in Mexico's Yucatán State. The modern town of Acanceh, where the ruins are located, is 21 kilometers from Mérida, the capital of Yucatán. Acanceh means "groan of the deer" in the Yucatec Maya language.The population of Acanceh is almost solely Maya., with the Mayan language predominantly spoken.[1]

Ancient Acanceh[edit]

Acanceh was founded sometime between 200 and 300, during the Early Classic period. The ancient Maya city covered more than 4 square kilometers, and had about 400 buildings. Three of these buildings have been restored and are open to the public, although recent excavations have uncovered more structures. The three-leveled step pyramid in Acanceh is 11 meters high. One of the older layers of the pyramid has been uncovered revealing several distinctive carved masks as part of the pyramid's decoration. The "Palace of the Stuccos" is 50 meters wide, 6 meters high, and contains many elaborate friezes. This building's design is very complex, with many rooms and detailed carvings. The architecture of the structures at Acanceh show a Teotihuacano influence, leading some to believe it was a "colony" of Teotihuacan.


  1. ^ Barrera Vásquez, Alfredo (1980). "Diccionario Maya-Español". In J.P. Laporte and H. Escobedo (eds.). X Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas en Guatemala, 1980 (in Spanish). Mérida, Yucatán, México: Cordemex. pp. 360–376.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)

Coordinates: 20°48′48″N 89°27′09″W / 20.813311°N 89.452448°W / 20.813311; -89.452448