The name change came about through a remarkable humanitarian project. In the 1980s, Mexico agreed to provide work to Maya refugees from the Guatemalan civil war by allowing them to help with excavation at the Annex of the Knives. Several European ambassadors arranged financing for this project and the new name was adopted to honor them for their support.
In this posting, I'll walk you through the Patio and the various structures that form its perimeter. Information about them comes from Edzná, A Pre-hispanic City in Campeche, by the Mexican archeologist Antonio Benavides Castillo. In addition, I'll continue my discussion of Edzná's history and rulers. The little we know comes from glyphs and images analyzed by Carlos Pallán Gayol in an article entitled: A Glimpse From Edzná's Hieroglyphics, which gives us a peek into the Late Classic era of the city's history. When I provide information that is not contained within these two works, I will include links to my other sources.
OverviewSite plan of the Patio of the Ambassadors / Annex of the Knives. North is toward the top of the schematic above. The Patio complex is located in the northwest corner of the Main Plaza, just west of the Platform of the Knives (Structure 431). There are three sets of altars in the Patio. The main altar is circular, with two other circular altars attached, descending in size toward the north. To its east is a large, rectangular, single-level altar. The Zoomorphic Altar stands in the northeast corner of the Patio.