Research Contribution 5

Monuments from Museo del Camino Real de Hecelchakan, Campeche, Mexico

Fieldwork

Photographing the monuments in the Hecelchakan museum was made possible by then director of Campeche State Museums for INAH, Antropólogo Marco Antonio Carbajal Correa. In June, 2012, he accompanied me to the museum, roughly 60 km north of the city of Campeche (Figure 1). There, in the late afternoon, he introduced me to museum staff and I began the process of recording the Hecelchakan monuments. The museum itself is a beautiful 17th century residential structure with interior courtyard sitting directly on the main town square (Figure 2).

I completed a field sketch of the museum floor plan and, since there was no signage designating monument names or proveniences, I numbered the monuments arbitrarily in clockwise sequence (Figure 3). Monuments 1-3 were in an enclosed room, while 4-27 (Figures 4, 5) lined the open courtyard. As night fell, I began the photographic process, capturing Monuments 1-6 and 8-10 on that evening.

The following year, pleased with the results from 2012, Marco Carbajal drove me once again to the town of Hecelchakan. This time he made an appointment with the president (mayor) of the town, introduced me, and requested that the mayor arrange for meals and lodging for three days and nights so I could complete the photographic inventory of these all-important monuments. The results (from June 28, 2012 and June 18-20, 2013) are presented here as our Research Contribution 5.

– Bruce Love

Figure 1. Vicinity Map. Source: Mundo Maya, Maya World. Edición Quimera (2007). http://www.quimeramx.com
Figure 2. Museum entrance. Source: sic.cultura.gob.mx
HCK Figure 3
Figure 3. Museum layout. After field sketch by Love, June 28, 2012.
HCK Figure 4
Figure 4. From farthest to closest, Pieces 4-8. Source: sic.cultura.gob.mx
HCK Figure 5
Figure 5. From left to right Pieces 11-17. Source: www.zonaturistica.gob.mx

Monuments

HCK 1

HCK 1*
Height at highest point: 1.66 m
Width at widest point: 0.74 m
Thickness: 0.29 m

 

HCK 2

HCK 2
Height at highest point: 1.52 m
Width of carved surface: 0.36 m
Diameter of column: 0.47 m

 

HCK 3
Height at highest point: 1.60 m
Width of carved surface: 0.39 m
Diameter of column: 0.46 m

 

HCK 4 (left side, front, and right side)
Height at highest point: 1.57 m
Diameter of column: 0.56 m

 

HCK 5
Height at highest point: 1.52 m
Diameter of column: 0.57 m

 

HCK 6

HCK 6 (left, left-front, right-front, and right sides)
Height at highest point: 1.58 m
Diameter of column: 0.57 m

 

HCK 7
Height at highest point: 2.41 m
Width at widest point: 0.87 m
Thickness: 0.23 m

 

HCK 8
Height at highest point: 1.60 m
Diameter of column: 0.58 m

 

HCK 9
Height at highest point: 1.54 m
Diameter of column: 0.54 m

 

HCK 10
Height at highest point: 0.80 m
Width at widest point: 0.83 m
Thickness: 0.19 m

 

HCK 11
Height at highest point (not including capital): 1.76 m
Diameter of column: 0.50 m
Height of capital: 0.18 m
Width of front of capital: 0.48 m
Width of left side of capital: 0.43 m

There are no carvings on right side or back of capital

 

HCK 12
Height at highest point: 0.69 m
Front to back: 0.83 m
Side to side: 0.91 m

 

HCK 13
Height at highest point (not including capital): 1.90 m
Diameter of column: 0.48 m
Height of capital: 0.17 m
Width of front of capital: 0.77 m

There are no carvings on sides or back of capital

 

HCK 14

HCK 14 (left side and front)
Height at highest point: 1.18 m
Width at widest point: 0.52 m
Thickness: 0.27 m

There is no carving on the right side

 

HCK 15
Height at highest point (not including capital): 1.68 m
Diameter of column: 0.50 m
Height of capital: 0.22 m
Width of front of capital: 0.85 m
Width of left side of capital: 0.56 m
Width of right side of capital: 0.59 m

There is no carving on back of capital

 

HCK 16
Height at highest point (not including capital): 1.56 m
Diameter of column: 0.48 m
Height of capital: 0.19 m
Width of front of capital: 0.71 m
Width of left side of capital: 0.52 m
Width of right side of capital: 0.55 m

There is no carving on back of capital

 

HCK 17
Height at highest point: 1.91 m
Width at widest point: 0.35 m
Thickness: 0.39 m

 

HCK 18

HCK 18
Height at highest point: 1.71 m
Diameter of column: 0.45 m

 

HCK 19
Height at highest point: 1.58 m
Diameter of column: 0.44 m

 

HCK 20 (left side, front, and right side)
Height at highest point: 1.62 m
Width at widest point: 0.86 m
Thickness: 0.35 m

 

HCK 21
Upper piece
Height at highest point: 1.11 m
Width at widest point: 0.83 m
Thickness: 0.22 m

Lower piece
Height at highest point: 0.39 m
Width at widest point: 0.48 m
Thickness: 0.10 m

 

HCK 22
Height at highest point: 1.59 m
Width at widest point: 0.56 m
Thickness: 0.24 m

 

HCK 23 (left side, front, and right side)
Height at highest point: 2.01 m
Width at widest point: 0.73 m
Thickness: 0.41 m

 

HCK 24 (left side, front, and right side)
Height at highest point: 0.99 m
Width at widest point: 0.83 m
Thickness: 0.31 m

 

HCK 25
Height at highest point: 1.45 m
Width at widest point: 0.91 m
Thickness: 0.31 m

 

HCK 26

HCK 26
Height at highest point: 1.80 m
Width at widest point: 0.93 m
Thickness: 0.37 m

 

HCK 27
Height at highest point: 0.56 m
Width at widest point: 0.44 m
Thickness: 0.33 m

*Monument numbers are assigned arbitrarily due to lack of information regarding monument names or proveniences (see Museum Layout, Figure 3).

 

Suggested citation: Love, Bruce. “Monuments from Museo del Camino Real de Hecelchakan.” Contributions to Mesoamerican Studies, October 19, 2018. https://brucelove.com/research/contribution-005

Downloadable PDF: CtMS_Contribution_005_Museo_Camino_Real_Hecelchakan

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