The Small Ballcourt

The Small Ballcourt (HM29L1)

Location: , Querétaro Jalpan de Serra
Country: Mexico

N 21° 9.611', W 99° 23.803'

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Pequeño juego de pelotaEl juego de pelota prehispánico que se practicó en gran parte de lo que hoy es nuestro país se hacía con una pelota de hule y ésta no se podía tocar con
las manos durante su ejecución. Hay canchas de diversas formas y tamaños, pero muchas de ellas
tienen forma de "I".Aunque no todos podían participar, el juego de pelota debió ser muy común, ya que muchas de las poblaciones prehispánicas poseen al menos una cancha. Hay antiguas
ciudades que destacan por la múltiple cantidad de ellos, como son Cantona, en Puebla o El Tajín en Veracruz. Otros sitios los tienen de un gran tamaño, como Chichén ltzá en Yucatán. Incluso los hay en lugares distantes como Paquimé en Chihuahua. Por ello no sorprende que en Tancama también haya una cancha de juego de pelota. Pero lo llamativo de ésta, es su tamaño reducido, pues sus dimensiones lo ubican como uno de las más pequeños de Mesoamérica.Una característica más de este juego de pelota es la presencia de una pequeña construcción de forma cuadrangular en el edificio que se encuentra al lado sur. No obstante sus diferencias con los juegos de pelota de otros lugares, seguramente su práctica en Tancama debió relacionarse con el mismo ritual de sacrificio humano.
English translation:The Small BallcourtThe



pre-Hispanic ball game that was practiced in much of what is now our country was played with a rubber ball and it could not be touched by the hands during play. There are courts of different shapes and sizes, but many of them have an "I" shape. Although not everyone could participate, the ball game must have been very common, since many of the pre-Hispanic populations have at least one court. There are ancient cities that stand out for having multiple ballcourts, such as Cantona, in Puebla or El Tajín in Veracruz. Other sites have very large ballcourts, such as Chichén ltzá in Yucatán. There are even some in distant places like Paquimé in Chihuahua. Therefore, it is not surprising that in Tancama there is also a ballcourt. But the striking thing about it is its small size, because its dimensions place it as one of the smallest in Mesoamerica. Another feature of this ballcourt is the presence of a small quadrangular construction on the south side. Despite these differences when compared to the ballcourts from other places, the practice of the ball game in Tancama must have been related to the same ritual of human sacrifice.
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HM NumberHM29L1
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Placed ByInstituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia y el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes
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Date Added Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14Q E 458813 N 2339927
Decimal Degrees21.16018333, -99.39671667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 21° 9.611', W 99° 23.803'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds21° 9' 36.66" N, 99° 23' 48.18" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Querétaro , MX
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