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The most famous ruler of Palenque was K’inich Janaab Pakalor Pacal the Great, whose tomb has been found and excavated in the Temple of the Inscriptions. CS1 Spanish-language sources es Webarchive template wayback links All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Articles with unsourced statements from July Commons category link is on Wikidata Coordinates on Wikidata Wikipedia articles with BNF identifiers.

The site also has a number of other temples, tombs, and elite residences, some a good distance from the center of the site, a court for playing the Mesoamerican Ballgameand an interesting stone bridge over the Otulum River some distance below the Aqueduct.

He was the first to note that the figures depicted in Palenque’s ancient art looked like the local Native Americans ; some other early explorers, even years later, attributed the site to such distant peoples as EgyptiansPolynesiansor the Lost Tribes of Israel.

Inthe first of the very productive Palenque Mesa Redonda Round table conferences was held here on the inspiration of Merle Greene Robertson ; thereafter every few years leading Mayanists would meet at Palenque to discuss and examine new findings in the field.

Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Later on, a mask of Pakal was discovered in August Ancient king’s mask uncovered in Mexico”.

He was succeeded in by his daughter, the queen Sak K’uk’who governed for only three years until her son was old enough to rule. Around the edges of the lid is a band with cosmological signs, including those for sun, moon, and star, as well as the heads of six named noblemen of varying rank. In City-States of the Maya: Linda Schele ee Pakal falling down the Milky Way into the southern horizon.


Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute. The district was very sparsely populated when the Spanish first arrived in the s. The first continued the architectural and sculptural works that were begun by his father, as well as finishing the construction of the famous tomb of Pakal.

When instead the name Pakal I is used, this serves to distinguish him from two later known successors to the Palenque rulership, K’inich Janaab Pakal II ruled c.

Merle Greene Robertson, The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya. The Observation Tower like many other buildings at the site fl a mansard -like roof.

Palenque – Wikipedia

Palenque receivedvisitors in The east court of the palace is a ceremonial area marking military triumphs. Beside the attention that K’inich Janaab’ Pakal’s palenqeu brought to Palenque, the city is historically significant for its extensive hieroglyphic astronaauta composed during the reigns of Janaab’ Pakal, his son K’inich Kan B’ahlam, and his grandson K’inich Akal Mo’ Naab’, and for being the location where Heinrich Berlin [4] and later Linda Schele and Peter Mathews outlined the first dynastic list for any Maya city.

The next two kings were probably Casper’ s sons. Both the king and the serpent head on which he seems to rest are framed by the open jaws of a funerary serpent, a common iconographic device for signalling entrance into, or residence in, the realm s of the dead. More recently, David Stuart and Freidel have suggested the opposite based on glyphic texts accompanying astrohauta scenes.

At the time Alberto Ruz Lhuillier excavated Pakal’s tomb, it was the richest and best preserved of any scientifically excavated burial then known from the ancient Americas. In these images the birth glyph often spelled SIH-ya-ja describes the depicted event.


It has been suggested that the duct aligns with the winter solstice and that aplenque sun shines down on Pakal’s tomb. Ds of Texas Press. Latin American Antiquity7 2pp.

K’inich Janaab’ Pakal

Earlier interpretations had argued that the smaller figure was that of K’inich Janaab’ Pakal while the larger figure was K’inich Kan B’ahlam. Little was known about the first of these, B’utz Aj Palenquee Chiik, untilwhen a tablet was found describing a ritual for the king. The glyphic panels at the Temple of Inscriptionswhich records the events at this time, relates that some fundamental annual religious ceremonies were not performed inand at this point states: During a reign of 68 years, the longest known dee period in the history of the Americasthe 30th longest worldwide and longest until Frederick III in the 15th century, Pakal was responsible for the construction or extension of some of Palenque’s most notable surviving inscriptions and monumental architecture.

A jade mosaic mask was placed over his face, and a suit made of jade adorned his body, with each piece hand-carved and held together by gold wire.

Robert Louis Stevenson School. Some contest that the glyphs refer to two people with the same name or that an unusual method for recording time was used, but other experts in the field say that allowing for such possibilities would go against everything else that is known about the Maya calendar and records of events.

Not much more had been translated from the text.