In a message dated 8/31/2005 12:14:53 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
tells that many lintels are intact at uxmal. this would indicate that
the ruined structures of palenque are older, than those still with intact
lintels at uxmal.
Ah, now I see.
Uxmal is a very different climate from Palenque. Certainly still
tropical, but not a humid jungle, and wood would certainly last much longer
there. Palenque is a place where your tennis shoes could rot over night -
and both times I have been there it has been in the short "dry" season.
I do not specifically recall the wooden lintels, but may have photos packed
I decided several years ago that the abandonment of the major Mayan cities
must have been connected to hurricanes.
At Copan ( really jungle there), the graveyard was beside the river.
Imagine a storm such as the one that just hit New Orleans and Biloxi. The
stone temples would withstand this, but not much else. No clean water,
food supplies destroyed, graveyards and human/animal waste washed into the
clean water source of the river (and there is evidence for this happening
at Copan), disease following.
Naturally, the people would take to the jungle and woods and might not ever