Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Edward Thompson led an exploration of the site from 1904-1910. He and colleagues dredged the Sacred Cenote, recovering gold objects, jades, and copper bells. Other expeditions in the 1960s uncovered pottery, flint, obsidian, shell, wood, rubber, cloth, as well as human skeletons.

In Mexico, on the peninsula of Yucatan, are found the ruins of the wonderful city of Chichen Itza, built by the Maya Indians. (CC BY 2.0 ©2007 Pascal)


The Temple of the Warriors
The Temple of the Warriors (Halliburton called it The Temple of the Thousand Columns). Up to a few years before Halliburton’s visit the buildings of Chichen Itza were in ruins. This photo shows the reconstructed Temple of the Tables, to the left, which was reduced to rubble in Halliburton’s day. (CC BY-SA 2.5 ©2003 Keith Pomakis)


 The Sacrificial Altar
The Sacrificial Altar into the 70-foot Well of Death, at Chichen Itza. (CC BY 3.0 ©2008
Emil Kehnel)


 The observatory at Chichen Itza
The observatory at Chichen Itza in 2009. It looks much like it did in Halliburton’s day!
(CC BY-SA 4.0 ©2009 Daniel Schwen)