The Puuc ("Hill" in Mayan) region takes its name from a low range of hills (Sierrita) that present themselves in the shape of an inverted "V", and cross the Yucatan from the northwest to the southeast. A first settlement in the area of Oxkintok may have occurred as early as 300 BCE. Even then there was substantial commerce along the west coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from the south to the north at Dzibilchaltun. Oxkintok was the dominant settlement until the appearance of Uxmal on the scene some centuries later. The site shows a range of architectural styles from the Early Classic through to the Puuc era of the Classic. One of the earliest areas for which structures remain to this day is the Ah Dzib group. It features the first of the arches that may be seen in the region, probably serving as a prototype. This is the north end of the town. The earliest long-count date recorded at the site is 475 CE. I travelled here on a day trip from Merida to Uxmal and stayed far longer than I had expected. Crowded with tourists it is not!
Geo coordinates for location in Google Earth are:
220.127.116.11 N and 18.104.22.168 W. Elevation is 46 metres.