CONTENTS

"Hidden Splendors of the Yucatan"

"Hidden Splendors", the book, and this website are organized in the same fashion. That is by cave system. Within each cave system, the images are organized into three possible categories; " art", diver in the environment and the surface or story images.

active links are provided by the page numbers

 

Carwash cenote:

ART

page I -1. cristal cenote 2. diver in the room of tears 3. 1000 points of light

page II- 4. chamber of ancients 5. tannin colors cenote green 6. the thumb

STORY/ SURFACE

page I - 7. blind cave fish 7a. blind cave fish

page II - 8. cenote surface 9. the curtain, tree roots in the cave

 

Balankanche:

STORY/SURFACE

page I - 10. new cave forming in air bell

DIVER IN THE ENVIRONMENT

11. diver on surface in airbell, in halocline

PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

12. pottery vessel at altar in an air bell

 

Dos Ojos:

ART

page I - 13. reflections in cavern zone

 

Mayan Blue:

ART

page I- 14. lace edges (bacon strip stalactites) 15. down the hall

page II -16. desert mosque 17. columns in the blue

STORY/ SURFACE

page I- 18. bromiliad (sp) blooms 19. divers resting in cenote after dive

 

No Hoch nay chic (big bird house)

ART

page I - 20. cathedral in Heaven's gate 21. dinner plate

22. reflections looking up in an air bell

page II - 23. legacy of the wind- helectites 24. Mr. Bill climbs a rock

25. the spur- helectite

page III - 26. cactus forest- helectites 27. across time and space

28. long view, no footprints

page IV - 29 blue reflections looking up from underwater in an air bell

30. weddiing chapel

STORY/ SURFACE

page I - 31. tanks being lowered into cenote 32. tanks being loaded onto horses.

page II - 33. cavern zone, looking out 34. wash day at rancho San Felipe

 

Naharon

ART

page I - 35a. spooky dark 36a. Chac's blood

page II - 37. Chac's blood SW sacbe 38. flight thru inner space- diver in Chac's room

STORY/ SURFACE

page I - 39. author exiting cave 40. doubles walking thru jungle

page II - 41. diver reeling out of cave 42. diver showing water level marks in cave

 

Physical Anthropology

[all remains photographed in situ]

page I Calavera cave [skull cave]: 43. human skull in bone debris field

44. cranial sutures of same skull

page II - Carwash Cenote : 45. diver at fire pit, chamber of ancients

46. charcoal in the fire pit [carbon dated to ~9600 years BP.

47. long bones in shaft at hall of blocks

page III - Dos Ojos: 48. human jaw, the drain 49. teeth, the drain

50. long bone, the drain

page IV - Mayan Blue: 51. Eckab, a full set of human remains, full view

52. Eckab, skull and upper body 53. pelvis and legs

page V - Tic te ha: 54. human tooth- at burial mound -view one

55. human tooth at burial mound- view two

 

PonDerosa

ART

page I - 56. diver swims thru corral 57. the corral

DIVER IN THE ENVIRONMENT

page I - 58. diver on surface in pool hall [an air bell] with light

59. diver in pool hall with living cave dripping overhead

page II - 60. diver floats "impaled" under stalactites in pool hall

60a. disembodied diver floats on surface in pool hall

 

Sac Atun [white earth]

ART

page I - 61. the torch 62. ice cream melts 64. hydra

page II - 63. budha with chopsticks 63a. other view of chopsticks [colorized]

66. Aladdin's lamp

page III - 65. winter snow storm 67. frozen in time

page IV - 68. Poseidon 69. other world 70. tree of life 71. Chac's portal into night

DIVER IN ENVIRONMENT

page I - 72. lee and lalo exit cave after long [3hr 18min] exploration dive

73. Evy in little places

SURFACE/ STORY

page I - 74.Cayman crocodile skeleton in cavern zone, grand cenote

74a. jaw and teeth of croc. 75. view of grand cenote from cavern

 

Temple of Doom

ART

page I - 76. dragon head with star 77. alpine city 78. hobbits

page II - 79. columns in the sand 79a. Mayan totems 80. Anasazi cliff dwellings

page I DIVER IN ENVIRONMENT

81. swimming the cave

SURFACE/ STORY

page I 82. divers in halocline 83. the cenote

 

Tulum ruins

SURFACE/ STORY
page I - 84. temple of the sun 85. view up coast with observatory

 

sample chapter text-Sak Aktun

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