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Photograph of the ball court to the south of Temple I in the Great Plaza

Ball Court Information

An open court, originating in Mesoamerica, used to play a game known as tlatchli. This ball court is located next to Temple I and the Central Acropolis.

The game was played both recreationally and for ritual sacrifice. It involved a heavy natural rubber ball and solid wood bumpers located around the players’ waists. It is thought that the losers of the game were sacrificed but human sacrifice in the Maya lowlands never reached the mass scale later practiced at locales such as Aztec Tenochitlan.

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