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Some of the last dirt is removed from Temple XIX. At this point, in April 2000, the entire structure is almost cleared down to the floor.
Here we see the final stages of excavation and exploration before the roof went on. Putting up a new roof on Temple XIX made us realize how hard it was to build the structure in the first place.
This is the lintel that will span the doorway, which is 5.30 meters wide. The beam is 5.8 meters by 5.5 inches by 8 inches. It is made of chico zapote wood, the same kind that the ancient Maya would have used.
The original doorway probably would have had several beams of this size to span the doorway opening and support the roof.
One of the roof beams goes up the stairs.