Palace courtyard

Overview of the J2 built environment

December 2010 - C. Chaves Yates

Structures
Use areas
Installations
Loose materials
Isolated elements

Structures

     The structures of J2 are part of the monumental access to the temple on top of the temple terrace. This includes the revetment wall, apron, staircase and flanking walls.
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Use areas

     Four separate use areas have been identified with each occuring after the area had ceased to be used primarily as the monumental access.
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Installations

     The installations are relatively small and limited to the later periods with scattered shallow pits and some tannurs.
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Loose materials

     The majority of J2 is composed of loose materials, namely accumulations and brickfall. The open area to the south of the monumental access was filled in over time, first with accumulations that became floors, then with brickfall, and finally with more accumulations building up until the entire structure was covered.
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Isolated elements

     In the upper layers of J2 there are a number of floating stones or small stone scatters. These comprise the majority of the isolated elements. They are discussed as part of the use areas, as they are associated with a period of reuse in the last phases of J2.
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