National Geographic : 1959 Jan
Modern Maya Restore the Doll Temple's Facade How the Maya raised their enormous pyramids and stone temples is one of the many mysteries that beset investi gators. They had no metal tools, no wheeled vehicles, no beasts of burden. Yet they quarried 50-ton blocks of stone and transported them through rough country or dense jungle. Awkward and ungraceful compared to most Maya structures, the Temple of the Seven Dolls is distinguished as the only one ever discovered with true windows. Four-foot-thick walls were mortared with mud. Bones of a child were buried in this urn. By custom, the Maya often cut a finger joint from the mother and placed it in such a burial, though none appeared here. Archeologists were sur prised by Dzibilchaltun's wealth of crypts. Seven excavated rooms yielded nine burials. 100 KODACHROMESBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERBATES LITTLEHALES( N. G. S.