The "Little Hands" Structure at San Gervasio

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 14 March 2018
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This Maya building located on the island of Cozumel, in Mexico, at the archaeological site of San Gervasio is named because of the red-colored hand prints, which mark the wall. The building is comprised of two rooms in which a small temple was built in the interior of one of them. Its use could have been residential as much as ceremonial since the interior space is quite ample. It is thought that it could have been the house of the "Ah Huineb," Itza Overlord of Cozumel during the Terminal Classic Period (c. 1000-1200 CE) and that the inner temple was his personal shrine. "Little Hands" has two other construction phases, both dated during the Post Classic Period (c. 1200-1650 CE).

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About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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APA Style

Wiener, J. B. (2018, March 14). The "Little Hands" Structure at San Gervasio. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8305/the-little-hands-structure-at-san-gervasio/

Chicago Style

Wiener, James Blake. "The "Little Hands" Structure at San Gervasio." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 14, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8305/the-little-hands-structure-at-san-gervasio/.

MLA Style

Wiener, James Blake. "The "Little Hands" Structure at San Gervasio." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 14 Mar 2018. Web. 04 Aug 2021.