Urban Grid, Nixtun-Ch’ich’

Nixtun-Ch'ich', Shadow Map, December 2014
Nixtun-Ch’ich’, Shadow Map, December 2014

Nixtun-Ch’ich’ has an urban grid with fairly well ordered streets and avenues dated to around 2300 years ago. This is one of the earliest urban grids in the Americas and likely emerged as the ancient Maya developed more complex forms of political organization. It was likely a means to regulate and perhaps dominate the inhabitants. Nevertheless, the grid system at Nixtun-Ch’ich’ did not catch on and is not seen in later Maya cities.

Nixtun-Ch'ich', Platform LL, West Edge
Nixtun-Ch’ich’, Platform LL, West Edge