Present-Day Maya Communities

This present-day Maya house is not far from the ancient Maya site of Uxmal in northern Yucatan. It typifies Maya house form both ancient and modern but is unusual in that there is little evident yard around it. Most Maya houses had and have kitchen gardens, often with fruit trees, particularly mango and banana.

This is a house image on the west building of the Monjas complex at Uxmal. When John Lloyd Stephens visited Uxmal around athe middle of the 19th century there were people living in some of the rooms of this complex but the part containing this house image has collapsed and what we see now has been reconstructed from the fallen debris.

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