Uxmal, Monuments 1-4
LOCATION The four platforms were constructed in the courtyard of the Cementeria Group, in front of Str. IlL-B. Monument 1 was built against a low terrace on the west side of the temple stairway, and thus has carving on only three sides. Monuments 2-4 are free-standing.
CONDITION The degree of completeness of the platforms as restored by Morley is most dearly appreciated by reference to the detail plan on this page. The disorder in which the blocks previously lay is evident from four photographs by Maler published by SeIer (1917, plates 31-33), in which many of the blocks of Mon. 3 can be seen lying upside-down. The extent to which the blocks constituting the four platforms have survived intact, and their state of preservation, should be evident from the drawings and photographs.
SHAPE The blocks forming Monuments
I, 3, and 4 resemble in form the typical block of a hieroglyphic stair except for their greater height and the much narrower lower border, which indicates that the blocks were set directly upon the
floor of the court, or embedded in it to a very shallow depth. The stones of Monument 2 differ in not having borders, and in having slots cut here and there into their upper edge, as if to accommodate some form of projecting framework, tenoned sculptures, drains, or other elements.
CARVED AREAS Every block in the platforms (except those on the north side of Mon. 1) is carved on the exterior face.
Only Mon. 2 lacks a hieroglyphic band; photographs of it are included here for completeness and for comparative purposes.
PHOTOGRAPHS Graham. A photograph of unknown provenience has enabled the fragment now missing from the upper left comer of Block M of Mon. 3 to be replaced.