By Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Michelle Rich
El Perú-Waka’ is an historic Maya urban situated in present-day northwestern Petén, Guatemala. Rediscovered via petroleum exploration staff within the mid-1960s, it's the biggest recognized archaeological website within the Laguna del Tigre nationwide Park in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. The El Perú-Waka’ neighborhood Archaeological undertaking initiated clinical investigations in 2003, and during excavation and survey, researchers confirmed that Waka’ used to be a key political and monetary middle good built-in into Classic-period lowland Maya civilization, and reconstructed many facets of Maya existence and formality job during this old neighborhood. The examine precise during this quantity offers a wealth of latest, substantive, and scientifically excavated info, which individuals process with clean theoretical insights. within the strategy, they lay out sound suggestions for knowing the ritual manipulation of monuments, landscapes, structures, gadgets, and stories, in addition to comparable subject matters encompassing the functionality and negotiation of energy in the course of the city’s broad sociopolitical history.
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Extra resources for Archaeology at El Perú-Waka': Ancient Maya Performances of Ritual, Memory, and Power (Native Peoples of the Americas)
As Escobedo and Meléndez (2007) detail, the tomb chamber is situated underneath a single- roomed masonry shrine. This shrine, bearing a framed panel and talud-tablero sloped superior molding, suggests a strong resemblance to Early Classic depictions of Teotihuacan-style fire shrines in the Maya area, such as the one surmounting the GIII head carried by Siyaj Chan K’awiil II on Tikal Stela 31 or on the “Dazzler Vase”—a polychrome vessel likely personifying the dynasty founder Yax K’uk’ Mo’ in the Margarita Tomb under Structure 16 at Copan (Bell et al.
Moving eastward from the palace, Structure M12-32 is an 18 m high pyramid that dominates Plaza 2, the northeastern end of the main center of the site. Two Late Classic stelae, 24 and 25, flank the main stairway on the western side. These stelae depict individuals standing on top of zoomorphic mountain masks or witz, a typical baseline design for stelae at El Perú-Waka’. In the eyes of these particular mountain masks, no doubt depictions of the pyramid in question, are individuals peering out.
Stanley Guenter (2006) has noted that Stelae 14-17, now at the southwestern end of the center, show signs of having been broken and discarded after their fifth-century commissioning but well before their Terminal Classic period reuse, as the fragments clearly display the differential weathering on their surfaces that would result from casual dumping for a period of many years. The evidence for destruction and reassembly of these fifth-century monuments supports the notion that the century-long monument hiatus in the sixth century is not just an artifact of preservation but a historical reality.