Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering The by Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube

By Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube

The precise reference on Maya archaeology.—Science NewsBehind the traditional towns of the Maya and their deserted works of art lie the turbulent tales in their ruling dynasties. one of many world's maximum and strongest civilizations, the Maya skilled consistent clash in a panorama divided between a variety of kingdoms. severe rivalries, rapacious conquerors, and repeated dynastic defeat and breakdown are universal subject matters in lots of stories of this potent civilization. the traditional Maya stay essentially the most vivid parts of research in international archaeology. clean discoveries within the box, including the continuing means of hieroglyphic decipherment, suggest that info is continually coming to gentle. This re-creation of the one finished, kingdom-by-kingdom background of the traditional Maya brings the tale totally modern with formerly unknown rulers and new glyphic readings, in addition to more information on international relations and battle. 366 illustrations, 86 in colour

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Though badly damaged, the contcxt suggests that this marked the king's 'arrival' at yax mulal, Tikal itsdf. ably significant in this regard. Despi te its internal machmations, Tikal remained a major force. Wak Chan K'awiil sponsored the accession of Yajaw Te' K' inich 11, ruler of distant Caracol in 553 (pp. 88-9)_ But by this time a notably closer kingdom, Naranjo, had come unde r the sway of the Snake kingdom dosely associated with Calakmul, and a serious challenge 10 Tikal's power was taking shape.

ANIMAL SKULL ~ak Chan K'awiil was succeeded by Animal Skull, the 22nd ruler 01 Tl~al, at some unknown point after 562. Despite outward signs of conll' ANIMAl. ting royal patriline. ranking moth~r, an ix ajaw (literally 'lady lord') of Bahlam ('Jaguar'), but minimal attention to h' f L L · . luout Il . " h may be Slgnificam Ihat it was one of Animal Skull ', painters that produced the vase listing early Tikal kings - the hne direcdy preceding the Mexican arrivals _ perhaps a sign that he sought to ally himsclf with the city'S ancien rllgime Ip.

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