Restoration of Maya ruins at the 1893 Columbian exposition

What kind of materials do you think we are looking at here? This is allegedly the Mayan Exhibit built for the purposes of the 1893 Columbian Expo in Chicago.

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  • Restoration of Maya ruins at the Columbian exposition. - [Replica of Mayan temple ruins in what is now Uxmal, Mexico, in the surroundings of the Anthropology Buildig (under construction), Ethnological Department, World's Columbian Exposition.]
  • KD: Why did they call it restoration? Did they bring these ruins from Mexico?
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Cast of Mayan ruins of Labna's door, El Arco de Labna at Uxmal, Yucatan. [Mayan Arch] Outdoor exhibit at 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago.
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The Finished Exhibit
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KD: What do you think we are looking at here?
 

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I don't quite know what it is but it reminds me of coral castle in Florida for some reason. Maybe a one off? Very unique, good find!
 
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    Why did they call it restoration? Did they bring these ruins from Mexico?

    "Restored" is an odd turn of phrase, because the finished product is still partially ruined. To give it that authentic flavor, no doubt.

    I am absolutely no good at judging construction materials from a photograph, @jd755, do you want to take a crack at this?

    Seriously, the Columbian Exposition is a gift that keeps on giving. I don't recall seeing these pictures before.
     

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