By Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Michelle Rich
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 recognized archaeological web site within the Laguna del Tigre nationwide Park in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. The El Perú-Waka’ local Archaeological venture initiated medical 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 facets of Maya existence and formality task during this old group. The examine particular during this quantity presents a wealth of latest, great, and scientifically excavated info, which participants method with clean theoretical insights. within the approach, they lay out sound recommendations for realizing the ritual manipulation of monuments, landscapes, structures, gadgets, and thoughts, in addition to comparable themes encompassing the functionality and negotiation of strength in the course of the city’s huge sociopolitical history.
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This is a rare architectural feature in the Maya area. A second, narrower central staircase continues to a central summit temple. The building also includes a long, flanking northern platform supporting a series of rooms and a lateral staircase to the central platform. The southern flank supports a structure with a staircase facing north. The southern architecture does not appear to face toward Plaza 2; it is also markedly asymmetrical when compared to the northern flank. There are at least six stelae proximate to this building, two of which were directly associated with a dense surface deposit atop the terminal plaza floor surrounding the structure’s northwestern base.
All of these, he deduces, were put in place during the Terminal Classic period renovations. Nevertheless, 32 Freidel and Escobedo the only other place where archaeologists have discovered redeposited plain fragments of stelae are in front of Structure M13-1, the primary shrine group in the center (Navarro-Farr 2009; Navarro-Farr et al. 2008; Navarro-Farr and Arroyave Prera, this volume). So, evidently the Terminal Classic ritual specialists who supervised the renovations knew about Burial 38, the reinterred elite tomb in the stairway.
Just how denizens of Waka’ shifted in their views of their ancient dynasty and its rulers is an intriguing question that several archaeologists represented in this volume are productively pursuing. 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.