Comalcalco Archaeological Site
The city was the most important in the northwest of the territory occupied by the Maya Culture, covering an area of 7 square kilometers, situated on a vast alluvial plain between the jungle and the mangroves. The Nahua merchants who knew it when it was already abandoned called it Comalcalco, which means ‘in the house of the griddles’. The only inscription found so far on the site is written on a brick in the Ch’olan Maya language and says Joy’ Chan, a phrase that translates as ‘rolled sky’.
Thanks to fishing and the collection of species from the flooded lowland jungle (the mangroves), and intensive agriculture based on crops of corn, beans, and cocoa, it became the most important port for exchange not only in the region but also from distant areas.
In the house of the griddles
Three of its temples have a vaulted crypt inside the base upon which they are built, showcasing their dual function as tombs and temples.