Ek' Balam is a pre-Columbian archaeological site in municipality of Temozón in Yucatán, Mexico. These building were constructed by the Maya civilization. The site is located 30 km north of Valladolid, 2 km away from a small Maya village by the same name. In Yucatec Mayan the name means "Black Jaguar". In ancient times, it was a large city, controlling a populous and prosperous countryside. Its impressive architecture dates, for the most part, to the Late Classic.