Posted 16 July, 2013 by Ministry of Culture and Sports in News

Stele discovered in Peru-Waka, Northwestern Peten

Digging a tunnel in the main temple of the ancient Mayan city of El Peru-Waka ', Archaeologists discovered a carved stone stele was buried by the Maya as an offering and probably as part of funeral rites in Structure M13-1, one of the most important temples in the city, the 5 March 2013.

The stele, named Estela 44 El Peru- Waka’, is a sixth century monument D.C.. It was discovered by archaeologist Griselda Perez and examined and read by Stanley Guenter project epigraphist. The decrypted text provides data and discussions on a new chapter in the history of the city of Waka’ and reveals more regional policy in the Classic Period Maya.

The stele, that date 564 d.C. was prepared by the ruling Wa'oom Uch'ab Tz'ikin and originally settled in a hitherto unknown. Then, towards 700 d. C. the stele was ritually placed in the site of the discovery by the ruler K’ inich Bahlam II, probably as part of elaborate funeral rituals for the royal burial of his wife Queen K 'abel.

Stela 44 was dedicated during a period in which no monument carved Tikal has been found so far. Known as "The Hiatus" and spanning from the early sixth century until the late seventh century AD, El Reino de Waka’ also experienced a break in lifting trails during this period, although that was near, between 554 and 657 before the discovery of the Stele of 44.

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Regional Archaeological Project El Peru, has conducted research and conservation at the site since 2003, under the direction of David Freidel of Washington University and currently is co-directed by Juan Carlos Pérez Calderón, who has extensive experience in tunnel excavation and conservation.

Excavations at the main temple of the city, M13-1 structure, have been conducted for over ten years by the building Principal Investigator, Olivia Navarro Farr of the University of Wooster from 2003.

The project was carried out thanks to the authorization of the Ministry of Culture and Sports through the Directorate General of Cultural and Natural Heritage, the support of the National Council of Protected Areas and the financial support of the Foundation and US-PACUNAM DOI.

This year, Griselda Perez was digging a tunnel to link the central axis of the temple to access excavations 2012 and located Stela who was ritually deposited part of construction fill. Archaeologist Francisco Castaneda took detailed pictures of glyphic texts with these Stanley Guenter and began the process of deciphering.

The front of the trail is very eroded, but you can see the figure of a king standing with his eyes forward and with arms carrying a ceremonial bar.

The wake Wa'oom chronicles the rise of Uch'ab Tz'ikin in 556 d. C., which is witnessed by a woman named Sak / Ikoom leading into the actual text titles "Sak Wayis" and "Chatan K'uhul Winik". These titles are very closely associated with the Kings of the snake or Kan.

The decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs has made great strides in the last thirty years, Stela yet 44 continue to be studied by Stanley Guenter, Francisco Castañeda and Project team of archaeologists. Wake History 44 is partial, but clearly represents a turning point in the life of the Kingdom of Wak.


The stele 44 Griselda Perez was discovered by archaeological excavations in 2013 in Structure M13-1 archaeological site Peru-Waka 'Photography Juan Carlos Perez Calderon



The stele 44 El Peru-Waka 'dating from 564 d. C. was placed under the building fill ritually by K'inich Bahlam II around 700 d. C., probably as part of the funeral rites of the Queen K'abel. Griselda Perez Photography


Stanley Guenter, under the direction of David Freidel, has made deciphering the glyphs. Photography: Francisco Castañeda.

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