Corbelled arch at Cahal Pech
The corbelled arch or corbelled vault was an architectural feature used by the ancient Maya, while distinctive in Mesoamerica, was also used by other cultures around the world such as the Java in Indonesia. For a corbelled vault to be durable, it must be tall and narrow, which limits the width of rooms that can be built with it. As a result, Maya rooms are long, dark, and narrow.
Top photograph by Dee Atherley, 2nd photo by Institute of Archaeology (NICH). Third photo by Bob Biddix
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Cahal Pech - Place of Ticks
Imagery of Cahal Pech, in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize