National Geographic : 1971 Jun
KEUUAMHROMES AND EKTACHROME(ABOVE)BYTEDSPIEGEL© N.G.S . Rio Bec - crucial link between Maya realms STAIRWAY TO THE GODS reaches a Maya temple atop a crumbling 1,250-year old pyramid at Becan, deep in the Rio Bec area of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Be hind a simple facade the pyramid contains a multistory "palace." Supported in part by National Geo graphic Society grants, Dr. E. Wyllys Andrews (above right), of Tulane Univer sity, and a team of archeologists suggest that architecture and pottery uncovered in this area will reveal important cultural relationships between the Maya centers of Guatemala and those of northern Yucatan. Clay incense burners with effigy lids (top right) were recently excavated at Chi canna, near Becan. Let your friends share in this and similar projects by nominating them for Society membership on the form below.