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        Elite Mayan Home

        Common Mayans would have lived in small mud or reed homes. Elite families had homes built of stone. This image above is of the palace complex at Palenque, a Mayan site in southern Mexico. Such a large stone complex would have housed only the most elite family or families in the city. The palace dates from 721 CE and is set on a 10-meter high platform. There is a central courtyard with rooms surrounding it. The walls of this palace were decorated with colorful stucco paintings depicting past Mayan kings. From the 25-meter high tower in the complex, nobles would have been able to look upon the entire sprawling city.

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