Architecture of the Mayan

Architecture of the Mexican Maya, Past and Present
May 27, 2021 – 08:16 pm
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Over many centuries, Mayan engineering evolved by trial and error. Many structures have been discovered built over older structures that inevitably had fallen. Mayan architecture typically included corbeled arches and corbeled vault roofs on important buildings. A corbel is known today as a type of ornamental or support bracket, but centuries ago corbeling was a masonry technique. Think of feathering a deck of cards to create a stack where one card is slightly edged over another. With two stacks of cards, you can build a type of arch. Visually a corbeled arch looks like an unbroken curve, but, as you can see from this Tulum entrance, the top frame is unstable and quickly deteriorates.

Without continued repair, this technique is not a sound engineering practice. Stone arches are now defined by a "keystone, " the top stone at the arch center. Nevertheless, you will find corbeled construction techniques on some of the world's greatest architecture, such as the Gothic pointed arches of medieval Europe.

Source: architecture.about.com
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