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This censer, or incense burner is in the Molded Chenmul style, and corresponds to the post-classic period (1200-1500 C.E.). It is a molded mud vessel displaying a richly decorated individual. The upper posterior section of this poly-chromed vessel has a large receptacle where the Maya burned copal, an aromatic substance. The copal smoke, mixed with other aromatic essence from plants, served as an offering to the gods. These censers were placed on the steps of the principal buildings and temples of these ancient Maya cities.  (Image Credit: David Williamson, Ideum)

Important group of tools made of stone such as silex or pedernal. We see arrowheads, used for war and for hunting. The lower rows show knives used for a variety of purposes. The exemplars we see here are the basic tools and materials used by the Maya, since they did not use metal to construct their tools.  (Image Credit: David Williamson, Ideum)

Pottery vessels and shards found at Chichen Itza. Part of what the 
archaeological team does is track, catalog, and store the millions of often pebble-sized pottery fragments found on the sites. They are often able to piece together larger fragments to re-form the original objects, often ceremonial or storage vessels.  (Image Credit: David Williamson, Ideum)

Stone heads and figures displayed on shelves at the INAH offices. Pottery chards are catalogued and stored in marked boxes; some are visible on the table tops where they are studied and sorted.  (Image Credit: David Williamson, Ideum)

This corner stone formed part of a relief that framed the upper decorative elements in the Temple of the Jaguars. This relief shows the profile of a feathered serpent’s head, which is crowned with feathers and displays an open mouth with a bifurcated tongue. (This relief has become the logo that identifies the Chichén Itzá Archeology Project).  (Image Credit: David Williamson, Ideum)