Archaeology at El Perú-Waka’: Ancient Maya Performances of by Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Michelle Rich

By Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Michelle Rich

Archaeology at El Perú-Waka’ is the 1st booklet to summarize long term study at this significant Maya web site. the result of fieldwork and next analyses carried out by way of individuals of the El Perú-Waka’ neighborhood Archaeological undertaking are coupled with theoretical techniques treating the themes of formality, reminiscence, and gear as deciphered via fabric is still came upon at Waka’.  The booklet is site-centered, but the fifteen wide-ranging contributions provide readers better perception to the richness and complexity of Classic-period Maya tradition, in addition to to the ways that archaeologists think old peoples negotiated their ritual lives and comprehended their very own pasts.
El Perú-Waka’ is an historic Maya urban situated in present-day northwestern Petén, Guatemala. Rediscovered by way of petroleum exploration staff within the mid-1960s, it's the greatest identified archaeological web site within the Laguna del Tigre nationwide Park in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. The El Perú-Waka’ nearby Archaeological undertaking initiated clinical investigations in 2003, and during excavation and survey, researchers proven that Waka’ was once a key political and monetary middle good built-in into Classic-period lowland Maya civilization, and reconstructed many elements of Maya lifestyles and formality task during this old group. The learn designated during this quantity offers a wealth of latest, major, and scientifically excavated info, which members technique with clean theoretical insights. within the procedure, they lay out sound options for figuring out the ritual manipulation of monuments, landscapes, structures, items, and thoughts, in addition to similar themes encompassing the functionality and negotiation of energy in the course of the city’s large sociopolitical history.

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Hypothesis 1: Evidence for Episodic and Varied Ceremonial Activities If the activities carried out at Structure M13-­1 are the result of cumulative, temporally distinct, and diverse ritual acts, then we should expect the deliberate inclusion of items generally characterized as “ceremonial” (Coe 1990). We should also expect temporal distinctions to be reflected in the dates of the associated ceramic materials and in radiometric dates. In terms of ritual diversity, we would expect evidence representing a wide suite of ceremonial activities.

And the transition from one array of ritual practices to the other is complex and intriguing in itself. From the research, we also have some glimpses of the ritual practices of more ordinary people in the area of Chakah, a satellite community south of the city, during the heyday of the royal court (Quiroa 2004, 2007; Quiroa and Guillot 2006; Quiroa and Pérez Robles 2005), and no doubt we will learn much more as research focuses on households throughout the city in future seasons. Such studies may allow us to determine to what degree the Terminal Classic practices in the center were normal for Late Classic households of modest means and to what degree they were innovations of extraordinary times.

From that shrine, the performing king could emerge into the world of the living and continue to the summit temple. Fragments of Memories Finally, stelae and buildings were placed in new relationships with each other when broken fragments of stelae were arranged near, on, or even in, buildings. 0 Period Ending, were being put back in the general vicinity of their original location in front of the south face of the building. This is because Stelae 33 and 34, depicting these rulers on the next Period Ending, were set on the north side of the same building.

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