It is a language itself, developed by the Mayan civilization between 1000 to 500 BC, a code, a style and an incredible archaeological discovery. It can still be read, many centuries after it was invented; with words in form of columns, walls, facades, and ornaments. It is an architectural writing system unique in the world. These words written in ancient times, remained silent before our eyes, throughout the long and incredible history of Mexico, but now thanks to the efforts of scholars and researchers, this lost secret called the The “Puuc Code” is slowly “speaking” again, re-writing history and teaching researchers incredible secrets of the Ancient Maya civilization.
This form of construction possibly unique to the Maya, is characterized by the ornamentation of ceremonial buildings with the use of masks on the walls, friezes and panels with hieroglyphics. The distribution of each building, the interior design of every room and decoration present, integrated a code that describes the life of the ruling elite.
This architectural style redefines the history of the region, and it has been preserved in the Yucatan region only and possibly in the archaeological site like Uxmal. Some researchers believe the Puuc period was a new stage in the architectural evolution of the Maya. By studying their masks and figures researchers could decipher the secrets behind the Mayan technological advancement and accurately record the reach of the Ancient Maya civilization with other distant civilizations, challenging conventional theories that state the Maya did not have much influence from other distant cultures around the globe.
A good example of the “Puuc Code architecture and symbolism” can be found at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) taking place in the capital of the Yucatan region, Mérida.
“What we can perceive in the decoration of the Puuc architecture really is a language, a discourse”, says Huchim Herrera. “A discourse that incorporates aspects of Baroque style and ornaments of friezes and masks on all the walls, it is in short, a language.”