Beside the Great Pyramid, excavation continues on a part of Uxmal known as the Dovecote. The name derives from the patchwork of niches in the roofcomb of the complex’s most prominent feature, a high wall separating two of the three large plazas identified here. In addition to its ornate roofcomb, the wall contains a beautiful vaulted arch, and several vaulted rooms on its lower level.
Its facade once had large figures molded from stucco; they’ve long since been destroyed or removed, but several protruding stone struts remain. The struts would have supported the fragile stucco figures, and are, in a modest way, an insight into these silent structures, and the people who built them.
The ruins did not spring ready-made from the ground, but were built by regular people, who faced the same challenges modern designers do, like: How do we keep all these decorations from falling off?
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition