Xpujil's Río Bec towers, then & now...

Xpujil: Central Tower of Str. 1 Xpujil: Central Tower, Ruppert's 1943 expedition photo

Feb. 19, 1997

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Shown on the right is a Carnegie Expedition photo from 1938 (Ruppert 1943:Plate 39b).

"...much of the upper portion of the ornamental stairway remains intact. Non-functional stairways such as this apparently ascended both the east and west faces; they are so steep as to be utterly impossible to climb. The risers have a reverse batter in order to provide the desired indication of steps."

(Potter 1977:92)