Mayan Construction:  First Temple - Cerros


    This is a detailed account of how the first temple in Cerros was constructed.  First, the foundation was laid consisting of layer after layer of white earth.  This was done in the same way the peasants made the foundation f their own huts.  Then they shattered locally manufactured and imported pottery and put it into the earth where the temple was to be constructed.  They also put flowers from fruit trees on the earth as an offering.  Next they would put flat, hard stones on top of the foundation to make pavement.  The platform was built on top of this pavement.  Then they built internal walls and filled them with white earth and pottery mixed in with broken, course limestone from the quarry, to make the structure sturdy.  By stabilizing each layer, they did not have to worry about is collapsing with the addition of the next layer(Schele and Freidel 106).


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