For other uses, see Ake (disambiguation).
Ake (or Aké in Spanish orthography) is an archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located in the municipality of Tixkokob. in the Mexican state of Yucatán; 40 km (25 mi) east of Mérida, Yucatán.
The name Ake is a toponym that means "place of reeds" in Yucatec Maya. One notable feature of the site is its system of pre-Columbian sacbeo'ob or roads that facilitate access with other settlements in the region.
The architecture dates from the Post-Classic era (800-1000CE). They were first described in print by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood in the early 1840s.
Aké is bounded by two concentric walls, one defines the core of the settlement with an area of 4 km, while the other protects the core housing. The core is a large and square in shape surrounded by tall buildings measuring about 25 m. Structure One, also called the palace, with rows of stone columns atop a step-pyramid platform; is the site's most impressive feature. While most Maya pyramids are built steep with many narrow steps, Structure One is a gradual climb of huge, flat stone slabs. The remains of an ancient Maya raised pedestrian causeway, or sacbe, runs from Aké to Izamal. It was part of a road system running from the site of Ti'ho at modern Mérida to the Caribbean Sea. The ruins are all within a 19th-century henequen estate.
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