July 1, 2009

A different social use of space: Chichén Itzá

The geographic space that the present day archaeological/tourist site of Chichén Itzá occupies has certainly seen a wide range of social uses. The recent incarnation as a destination for umbrella-wielding tourists is just the latest in a long line. Sometimes I wonder what's next. Well, besides the light and sound show...

4 comments:

Johan said...

I'll bet we will see people dressed in weird costumes and hats awaiting planet Nibiru, Jesus, Kukulcan, etc. Oh, wait a minute, they are already there aren't they?

R.A. said...

Ha, it can only get better. Imagine when they re-excavate the site in 1000 years and find all the costumes, light and sound paraphernalia, and gatorade bottles. Imagine the interpretive possibilities! A dehydrated religious cult that worshiped colored beams of light!

Johan said...

Do not forget the parking lot as evidence of long-distance pilgrimage from major coastal settlements. This will almost be a reversal of the Postclassic pilgrimages to Cozumel.

R.A. said...

Nice!