Coba, the uploads now complete, was the earliest (623 CE) of the important cities in northeastern Yucatan. Its dominion extended as far west as Yaxuna via Sacbé #1(and why not Chichen Itza you may well ask?), and eastward to the coast, including Tulum and Muyil (pronounced Mu-jeel). Coba was not founded, however, until about 150 years later than Oxkintok, in northwestern Yucatan, where the earliest sculpture dates from 475 CE. [You will be thrilled to know that I will be uploading photos from Oxkintok in the fullness of time.]
But for now, we are at Muyil, a small settlement some 23 kms SW of Tulum, easily reached off the main highway 307. And this is the entrance plaza, readily located in Google Earth with geo coordinates 20.04.42.04 N and 220.127.116.11 W, elevation 13 metres. Ceramic fragments indicate the site was first settled around 300 BCE, continuing through to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. It was resettled in the 1800s.
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