|Like Buildings G H and I, Building J is built on a rock platform that apparently was too difficult to level as much of the rest of the Grand Plaza had been. While symmetry is the dominant model on the Plaza, this building is off axis and consists of a strange form, a five-sided pyramidal base often compared to an arrowhead--pointing to the southwest. From the northeast it has the more usual form--steps with broad balustrades.|
|Scholars believe this building had an astronomical significance, aligned probably with the bright star Capella. Miller says it is "one of the first buildings in Mesoamerica that we can consider a giant chronological marker" (50).|
Views from the southeast
Right: South face with reliefs. See next page.
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