By Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Michelle Rich
El Perú-Waka’ is an old Maya urban positioned in present-day northwestern Petén, Guatemala. Rediscovered via petroleum exploration employees within the mid-1960s, it's the biggest recognized archaeological web site within the Laguna del Tigre nationwide Park in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. The El Perú-Waka’ local Archaeological venture initiated medical investigations in 2003, and during excavation and survey, researchers validated that Waka’ was once a key political and financial heart good built-in into Classic-period lowland Maya civilization, and reconstructed many features of Maya lifestyles and formality job during this historic neighborhood. The study exact during this quantity offers a wealth of latest, noticeable, and scientifically excavated information, which members technique with clean theoretical insights. within the technique, they lay out sound options for realizing the ritual manipulation of monuments, landscapes, constructions, gadgets, and thoughts, in addition to comparable subject matters encompassing the functionality and negotiation of strength through the city’s vast sociopolitical history.
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In relation to this idea, Bryan R. Just, Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas at the Princeton University Art Museum, discovered a belt plaque in the collections there that provides a possible birth date for K’inich Bahlam II, along with a portrait of the man in a Late Classic style (Just 2007). This date would make him 20 years old at the time of the raising of Stela 1. The chronological placement of Burial 39 is plausible for the immediate predecessor of K’inich Bahlam II. , Freidel and Guenter 2006; Schele and Mathews 1998: Chapter 2), and this tradition evidently accounts for the relationship between Stela 1 and the adosada shrine of Structure O14-04.
The first stairway links the base to the adosada. To get to the summit, one would have had to walk around the shrine, go up a narrow lateral stairway paralleling the back wall of the shrine and then continue up the second central stairway to the summit temple. The vertical movement in this design does not take one literally down into the ground as in some variants of this performance path, but it does take one to a clear threshold space: the shrine. For the ancient Maya, as in the case of many other peoples, threshold space was metaphorically a portal between the world of the living and the world of the gods and ancestors.
2008; Navarro-Farr and Arroyave Prera, this volume). So, evidently the Terminal Classic ritual specialists who supervised the renovations knew about Burial 38, the reinterred elite tomb in the stairway. There is another plain stela at the northern end of the Chok Group, so it is plausible that the Middle and Late Classic residents of this group enjoyed the privilege of plain monuments and the rituals that went with them. The status of the occupant of Burial 38 would strengthen this conjecture.
Archaeology at El Perú-Waka’: Ancient Maya Performances of Ritual, Memory, and Power by Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Michelle Rich