geographical name \üsh-ˈmäl, üs-\

Definition of UXMAL

site of ancient Mayan city SE Mexico in W Yucatán


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The House of Turtles (foreground), the Pyramid of the Magician (right), and the Nunnery Quadrangle, …—© Robert Frerck/Odyssey Productions

Ancient city, Yucatán state, southeastern Mexico. It was the chief city of the later Mayan empire (c. AD 600–900). After c. 1000, major construction in the city ceased, although it continued to be occupied and was a participant in the political League of Mayapán. When the league ended, Uxmal, like the other great cities of the north, was abandoned (c. 1450). Mayan ruins include a pyramid, a palace, and a quadrangle.


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