Structure III

Structure III

Feb. 18, 1997

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Structure III is one of the few buildings at Calakmul that remained unmodified over the long history of the city. In 1943, Ruppert remarked it was "so well preserved that even in its unexcavated state it yielded more information than any other structure at Calakmul."

This was probably because the palace-like structure contained an extremely important tomb, most likely that of one of Calakmul's Early Classic rulers or a dynastic founder, and was therefore held in such reverence that it was left untouched by later generations.