The goal of Unaahil B’aak (lit. the houses of Palenque) is to allow visitors the opportunity to experience the architecture and ruins of Palenque in a more interactive way than is normally afforded by slides or books. Moreover, while film or video conveys a space well, its sequential and temporal limitations prevent visitors from moving through space at their own pace, inspecting specific artistic features, or in the case of the Maya reading hieroglyphic texts. We have also tried to place Palenque’s temples into their greater social, religious, and artistic contexts by providing translations of glyphic inscriptions and pages examining the vernacular architecture as well as the ritual of the contemporary Maya. Thus, we hope that the site will serve as a gateway not just to Palenque itself, but also as an introduction to basic themes in Maya art and culture both ancient and modern.
This web site allows you to explore the art and architecture of Palenque in three ways:
- Walk through a 3D model of the Cross Group only using the Adobe Atmosphere plug-in. This model has links to images, text analysis, and QTVR panoramas of the site. Internet Explorer 6 and a PC with Windows are required to access this feature.
- The Palenque Map has links to images, text analysis, QTVR panoramas and 3D fly-throughs. This includes media for the entire site, concentrating on the areas that have been excavated. (The map requires the Flash plug-in).
- Media Assets list all the assets available by temple for the Palenque Map.