From the interior of the corral, I looked over at Structure 44, to the south of the Central Plaza. It is 120 to 130 metres in length, 8.5 metres in height, and up to 17 metres in depth; it was used for administrative and ceremonial purposes. A great staircase covers the entire front, the largest in Mesoamerica, the base fabricated from large blocks of stone with smaller slabs for reinforcement. The upper rooms were long and narrow, complete with vaults. The fašade has two platforms, one in the lower northeast corner and one in the centre. These were most likely used for dancing on festive occasions. The interruption in the structure that may be seen just to the right of (and behind) the tree represents a buried building. Construction dates from the Late Classic, i.e. 600 - 800 CE.
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