The nearest town to Uxmal is Santa Elena. It was originally called Nohcacab, and was virtually razed in 1847 in the War of the Castes. ‘Ele-na’ means burnt houses in Maya. The Mexican government changed the name to Santa Elena in a bold PR stunt. There’s a small museum dedicated to a gruesome find: 18th-century child mummies found buried beneath the adjoining cathedral, and some henequén -related exhibits.