Dead City

Abandoned City


A novelist Doris Grumbach falls under the spell of the stones of Mexico’s Uxmal, a beautiful but dead city, one whose indigenous population mysteriously deserted it more than a millennium ago: Uxmal.  It is located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on an arid, overgrown plain about 50 miles from Merida.  It had flourished around A.D. 850 and then, strangely, was abandoned.  Its great buildings crumbled or were purposefully knocked down.  The site became so overgrown with brush and trees that some of the structures, to the eyes of explorers, resembled large, formless mounds.

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