In contrast, the newly unearthed theater seated 120 people at the most.
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Near the amphiteater, Martos López's team found whistles, ocarinas and sculptures depicting Mayan deities. They most likely decorated the frieze below the building.
The scene probably represented the brutal ceremony of humiliation of prisoners, often ending in torture and decapitation.
Indeed, subjugation was the running theme at the theater. According to Martos López, around 850 A.D. a "multepal" or shared governance ruled in Plan de Ayutla and used political plays at the theater to impose their ideologies on local minority groups.
The theater might have also housed some sort of political rallies.
"We found that a temple northeast of the stage was dismantled to leave space to a small podium for an orator," Martos López said.
Photo: The remains of the Mayan theater. Credit: Luis Alberto Martos/INAH.