Discovering Mayas

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

Ancient treasures lie deep inside the jungle of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.

The deep vegetation is not only rich in animal and plant life, but protects and preserves an incredible historical and cultural heritage.

Several archeological sites in the south of Mexico are waiting to be explored, if you like a bit of adventure and don't mind travelling long distances and sharing your journey with the intense Mexican sun and lots of nice insects.

Surprisingly enough, Maya is a modern term used to refer collectively to the various tribes that inhabited this area. I was told they did not call themselves Maya and did not have a sense of common identity. Nevertheless, some of the buildings they left behind are impressive and you can say without any hesitation that they were talented builders.

When I ventured into the jungle and suddenly spotted this small pyramid from the distance, I started wondering how the Spanish conquistadores must have felt in the presence of such a buildings.

And the fact that buildings like this one are still standing in a very good shape after 1000-1500 years just tells you a lot about these people skills.

As you may have already noticed, this pyramid has a temple on the top of it, meaning that the most important religious ceremonies were held up there. Unfortunately it was not possible to climb this pyramid, but I was told that the stairs going up were not as steep as in other Maya temples, for the priests to be able to climb.

I find the contrast between the pyramid lit by the morning sun and the shadow of the jungle very interesting, so I decided to make a personalised puzzle out of this picture.

I believe it was a good choice and, although it was a small size one, making a puzzle with a historical and archeological value really added something new to my experience. The stairs and the grass below were easy starting points, while completing the remaining areas (the vegetation of the jungle) took a lot of my time and patience.

The alternation between light green and dark green areas proved to be the most challenging thing but, given the type of picture I selected, I was expecting that. What I wasn't expecting was that the picture on the puzzle would have come out a bit darker than the original picture, making things much more complicated. Some parts of the vegetation that were supposed to be dark green came out as almost black. And just like on The family gathering project, as I progressed with the puzzle the gloss finish became kind of an issue, reflecting the light and making it difficult for me to distinguish between light green pieces and the dark green ones, as well as between dark green pieces and the black ones.

All these things put together added an extra layer of difficulty to the puzzle, but at the same time left a bittersweet feeling inside of me.

Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this kind of archeological puzzle and decided to plan more of these projects for the future. The Ik Kil cenote and El Castillo projects will follow, if not more...



DIMENSIONS 68,3x48,3 cm


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