MAYAN TREASURES

The Littlest Caracol

This neglected ruin could be more important than it appears

Adelia Ritchie, PhD
Digital Global Traveler
7 min readApr 28, 2024

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Artist’s rendering of the Caracol, Cozumel, Mexico, by Gordon Gilchrist. Photo by author.

Scattered throughout North, Central, and South America, the art, artifacts, and ruins left behind by Precolombian natives have fascinated me for decades. So many mysteries. How did they build them? And why? To worship the gods? To study astronomy? For human sacrifice? To stymie…

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Adelia Ritchie, PhD
Digital Global Traveler

Author, science lover, contributing editor at SalishMagazine.org, expat, seeking the interesting and unusual.