Behind the Jaguar Temple is a large excavated residential area. It seemed fairly large and we wondered how many people would be living here, were they the leaders? the priests? We had so little time and so much to learn.
Visit the ruins at Nim Li Punit and see the enormous stelae left by the ancient Mayans. Nim Li Punit, means "big hat". This place was discovered in 1976. It is situated along the top of a ridge in the foothills near San Antonio.
Nim Li Punit is special because the buildings are constructed of dry masonry sandstone as opposed to the mortar and limestone used in other areas. Also, there are a large number of stelae found at this site. Twenty five stelae, eight of which are carved, were discovered here.
The carvings depict some aspect of the life of the ruler to whom the stela was constructed. A
Archaeological work began here in 1983. In 1986 a royal tomb was discovered which yielded 36 pottery vessels and many other artifacts.