"...beyond this was a rude circular mound, about six feet high... It was a mere mass of earth and stones; and, on digging down to the depth of three or four feet, a sculptured monument was discovered, which is represented (in the above photograph). It was found standing on its feet, in the position represented in the (photograph). It is carved out of a single block of stone, and measures three feet two inches in length and two feet in height. It seems intended to represent a double-headed cat or lynx, and is entire with the exception of one foot, which is a little broken. The sculpture is rude. It is too heavy to carry away."
"It had been formally and deliberately buried. In my opinion, there is but one way of accounting for it. It had been one of the many idols worshipped by the people of Uxmal; and the probability is, that when the inhabitants abandoned the city they buried it, that it might not be desecrated;"
John Lloyd Stephens, Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Volume I, 1841 - 1842 CE
Additional exploratory work in 1951 - 1952 led to the discovery of a further 913 pieces of a valuable offering from the interior of the mound.
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