The Tzompantli, just to the east of the Ball Court, is a large platform constructed in the shape of a "T", with the tail to the east. The word, from the Nahuatl, means row of skulls and serves as a "votive" building exalting death as a passage to a new life. Skulls appear in rows both vertical and horizontal, with two occupying a centre recess, and a more prominent row above and beneath. The idea seems to have originated in Central Mexico. It is a long platform 60 metres in length by 12 metres wide plus a central projection.
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