Becan: David Potter's diagram of Southeast Plaza

The Great Southeast Plaza at Becan: Click on red arrows to view photos

As Pollock points out, "The Maya architect through most of his history was dealing with masses in the form of platforms, pyramids, and monumental buildings, and in his striving for pleasing and impressive effects it was quite natural that he should make use of varying levels of terraces and courts around which he grouped his structures" (1965:390).

It is evidently this massing of solids and spaces on a generally monumental scale that motivated the Maya architects at Becán, not the arrangement and massing of interior spaces, which received minimal consideration.

(Potter 1977:7)