During the summer of 1994, we were in Chich'en Itzá. During our visit, Peter Schmidt
showed up through the new excavations of the Osarios and invited us to
take a look at the new texts he had found during his project.
Fortunately for us, Merle Robertson had been there before us and had
made rubbings of all the texts. We examined both the original stones
rubbings, which we found to be an immense help. We have not yet been
able to identify dates or names in the newly discovered texts, but we
were able to read the text on the pier 4 of the upper
temple. This date has played an important role in the dating of
Chich'en, as summarized by Charles Lincoln (1986). Lincoln cited
Thompson's original placed of the date at 10.8.10.11.0 2
Ahaw 18 Mol, based on the assumption that the date fell within a k'atun
named 2 Ahaw. David Kelley accepted this dating according to Lincoln's
Yucatan is a center for avian endemism, and characteristic species of
the peninsula include Ocellated Turkey, Yucatan Bobwhite, Yucatan
Parrot, Yucatan Poorwill, Yucatan Nightjar, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yucatan
Flycatcher, Ridgway's Rough-winged Swallow, Yucatan Jay, Black Catbird,
Grey-throated Chat, Rose-throated Tanager and Orange Oriole; a few of
these species range southwest and southeast into adjacent regions.
Mexican Sheartail and Yucatan Wren are specialities of the arid
northwest where one also finds Lesser Road-runner, Cinnamon
Hummingbird, and White-lored Gnatchatcher, species usually associated
with the Pacific Slope.
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about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to
prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as
an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and
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