By Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Michelle Rich
El Perú-Waka’ is an old Maya urban positioned in present-day northwestern Petén, Guatemala. Rediscovered by means of 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’ nearby Archaeological venture initiated clinical investigations in 2003, and during excavation and survey, researchers verified that Waka’ was once a key political and monetary middle good built-in into Classic-period lowland Maya civilization, and reconstructed many points of Maya lifestyles and formality task during this historic group. The learn specified during this quantity offers a wealth of latest, major, and scientifically excavated info, which members procedure with clean theoretical insights. within the strategy, they lay out sound concepts for realizing the ritual manipulation of monuments, landscapes, structures, items, and stories, in addition to comparable issues encompassing the functionality and negotiation of energy through the city’s wide sociopolitical history.
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At this point it is germane to discuss the term cumulative palimpsest characterizing the nature of the evidence at Structure M13-1. A palimpsest refers to scrolls from which earlier texts have been removed to permit additional writings. , see Binford 1981; Schiffer 1985). ” Evidence indicates M13-1 was revisited episodically throughout the Late-to-Terminal Classic periods by different ritual practitioners of varied socioeconomic statuses for wide-ranging purposes that were likely intrinsically linked to the sacred memory this building long held for Wakeños.
With this in mind, we amply consider the place these materials were deposited: a monumentally important ceremonial building anchoring one of the largest public plazas at Waka’. Other important considerations are the content and context of the deposits themselves. Surface deposits that include a wide variety of fragmented materials have been variously defined as “exposed offerings” (Coe 1959:94–95), “problematical deposits” (Coe 1990; Moholy Nagy 1997), “transposed ritual middens” (Garber et al.
2006, 2007) on and in front of Structure O14-04, the second largest of the three temple pyramid complexes on the acropolis, bear directly on the themes of this chapter. Stela 1, fallen and in pieces, was set in front of the building on its centerline. 0 Period Ending or AD 657 (Guenter 2005) and has iconographic elements suggesting it was commissioned by King K’inich Bahlam II. 3a, this volume) indicates K’inich Bahlam II was installed in power at El Perú-Waka’ by the Snake king of Calakmul, Yuknoom Ch’een II (Guenter 2005).