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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza:


A stone scoreboard used in an ancient soccer-like ball game has been discovered at the famed Mayan Chichen Itza archaeological site in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

  • The circular piece, measuring just over 32 centimetres in diameter and weighing 40 kilograms displays hieroglyphic writing surrounding two players standing next to a ball that was discovered on this site.
  • Chichen Itza was one of the greatest Mayan centres of the Yucatán peninsula.
  • This city was established during the Classic period close to two natural cavities (cenotes or chenes), which gave the town its name.
  • Mayan people ruled for over 1,000 years and left their mark on the city.
  • It is thought to have been a religious, military, political, and commercial centre that at its peak would have been home to 35,000 people.
  • It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.