By Joel Skidmore

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A small salvage project on the grounds of the Mayaland Hotel has documented what might be termed a "neighborhood temple".

Connnected to the center by a sacbé, it may have been surrounded by the residences of merchants, according to archaeologist Mariza Carrillo Gongora. The structure was originally covered with painted stucco, traces of which remain.

Buried directly in front of the altar was a human skull. A number of carved stone skulls were found in the excavation.