The West Terrace


On the edge of the ridge just outside the Western Ceremonial Center is a wide, flat terrace. Originally paved in small cobbles, it had at least eight rectangular platforms (several have been destroyed) built along it more or less in a line.

AxeP-16, a large low platform on the north end of the terrace, was excavated in 1978. It contained an obsidian workshop that made woodworking axes and similar large tools. There were a large number of large jars lined up along the exterior walls of the house. The size and the contents of this building indicate its special nature as a shop and, perhaps, a bar. The West Terrace may well have been where Cihuatán's market was located.


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