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A visitor to Ek Balam would have been greeted by this view of the ballcourt and the looming mass of the Acropolis. (The palm-thatched roof protects the recent archaeological finds.) The current archaeological project at Ek Balam, under the direction of Leticia Vargas de la Peña and Victor R. Castillo Borges of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), has made a number of discoveries in the ballcourt, among them a painted stucco frieze and a collection of burnt stone balls that may relate to the ballgame.