Str. 2C2

Kabah: Structure 2C2 [June 10, 2004]

"It is also during this Early Puuc phase when there is widespread employment, in the whole Puuc area and some sites farther south, of an element that perhaps began at Edzná: the vaulted passages under a staircase, which shows a greater flexibility in the use of the traditional Maya vault. But even more spectacular along this line is the appearance (toward the end of this phase?) of the first monumental free-standing portal vaults, or archways, such as those at Kabáh, Uxmal, and Xculoc, built on a platform separate from the other buildings at the end of a wide sacbé or "white road," which, in the case of Kabáh and Uxmal, connected both cities through Nohpat and Sacbey."

Paul Gendrop, Rio Bec, Chenes, and Puuc Styles in Maya Architecture, p. 152