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Site name: Tzum Site volume and author reference
Location and Access
Principal Investigations
Notes on the Ruins
References Cited
 

LOCATION AND ACCESS Although Tzum is only 8.5 kIn west southwest from Bolonchen de Rej6n, the easiest route to the ruins is much more circuitous. One takes the paved road south from Bolonchen for about 11.5 km, turning west at the turnoff for Kinin along a dirt road. Soon one passes an aguada (which contained water during the 1975 season) and continues in a westerly direction for about 2.5 km and then for a short distance in a northwesterly direction until a fork is reached. Taking the right-hand road (the other goes to Xcalot, 3 km away) one continues in a generally northwesterly direction through rather flat, low growth ormilpa country for about 5 km when one goes off into amilpa road in a southeasterly direction for about 300 ill until reaching the aguada (dry in 1975), which is a couple of hundred meters from the site.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATIONS AT THE SITE The information presented here was obtained in visits totaling 14 days in May and June of 1975. No previous work (except for looting depredation) had been carried out at the site.

NOTES ON THE RUINS The site is formed by five fairly well defined groups (all but one on hilltops) connected by a series of sacbes.

There is a ball court in Group A (Structures A-45, 46) located south of the largest structure at the site (A-21). Structure A-21 has several well preserved (though looted) rooms and is 11 ill at its highest point.

All the stelae and Miscellaneous Sculptures 1-15 were found in Group B.

Considerable looting has taken place, leaving fragments of the same monument separated by as much as 12 m and, as a consequence, the location of the stelae is merely conjectural. It is quite probable that many of the missing fragments have been looted, as a careful search for them was unsuccessful. Structure B-2 dominates this group rising to a height of 10.5 m.

Other large structures are C-3, D-2, -3, and -2 with heights of 6.5,10.5, 9, and 6.8 m respectively. D-2 also has several rooms that are still standing.

The sacbes are mostly very low, reaching a maximum height of about only 2 m between Groups C and D.

North of Structure C-l, the top half of a figure was found, carved almost in the round, but it was extremely eroded and was not photographed.

REGISTER OF INSCRIPTIONS AT TZUM Stelae 1 to 6

Sculptured stones 1 to 15

SITE VOLUME REFERENCE:

SITE VOL/Part Monument Side Page Pub.year Notes Peobody Number
TZUM 4.1 Map of Ruins 48 1977
TZUM 4.1 Stela 1 back 51 1977 2004.15.6.8.20
TZUM 4.1 Stela 1 front 51 1977 2004.15.6.8.21
TZUM 4.1 Stela 1 left 52 1977 2004.15.6.8.22
TZUM 4.1 Stela 1 right 52 1977 2004.15.6.8.23
TZUM 4.1 Stela 2 front, left, right 53 1977 one drawing 2004.15.6.8.24
TZUM 4.1 Stela 3 front 55 1977 2004.15.6.8.25
TZUM 4.1 Stela 3 left 56 1977 2004.15.6.8.26
TZUM 4.1 Stela 3 right 56 1977 2004.15.6.8.27
TZUM 4.1 Stela 4 front 57 1977 2004.15.6.8.28
TZUM 4.1 Stela 4 left 58 1977 2004.15.6.8.29
TZUM 4.1 Stela 4 right 58 1977 2004.15.6.8.30
TZUM 4.1 Stela 5 front 59 1977 2004.15.6.8.31
TZUM 4.1 Stela 5 left, right 60 1977 one drawing 2004.15.6.8.32
TZUM 4.1 Stela 6 front 61 1977 2004.15.6.8.33
TZUM 4.1 Stela 6 back 62 1977 2004.15.6.8.34
TZUM 4.1 Stela 6 left 63 1977 2004.15.6.8.35
TZUM 4.1 Stela 6 right 63 1977 2004.15.6.8.36
TZUM 4.1 Miscellaneous sculptures 1 65 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 2 65 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 3a 65 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 3b 65 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 4 65 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 5 66 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 6 66 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 7 66 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 8 66 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 9a 66 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 9b 66 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 10 66 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 11 66 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 12 67 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 13 67 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 14 67 1977 2004.15.6.8.37
TZUM 4.1 Misc. sculptures 15 67 1977 2004.15.6.8.38

AUTHOR REFERENCE:

SITE (by Vol) VOL/Part Author(s)
TZUM 4.1 Eric von Euw, Vol. 4.1, 1977
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