By Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Michelle Rich
El Perú-Waka’ is an historical Maya urban positioned in present-day northwestern Petén, Guatemala. Rediscovered by means of petroleum exploration staff within the mid-1960s, it's the biggest identified 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 tested that Waka’ used to be a key political and fiscal middle good built-in into Classic-period lowland Maya civilization, and reconstructed many features of Maya existence and formality task during this historical group. The examine unique during this quantity offers a wealth of recent, significant, and scientifically excavated information, which participants method with clean theoretical insights. within the method, they lay out sound suggestions for realizing the ritual manipulation of monuments, landscapes, structures, gadgets, and stories, in addition to comparable themes encompassing the functionality and negotiation of strength through the city’s huge sociopolitical history.
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Additional info for Archaeology at El Perú-Waka’: Ancient Maya Performances of Ritual, Memory, and Power
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.
Navarro-Farr and Ana Lucía Arroyave Prera Ritual provides an appropriate medium through which the values and structures of a contradictory world may be addressed and manipulated. 1 Among topics widely discussed are patterns of abandonment and a heightened awareness of and preoccupation with the public manipulation of social memory. Given the breakdown of the system of dynastic kingship and decline in royally sponsored public monuments, architectural projects, and hieroglyphic inscriptions (Rice et al.
The multiple deposits at M13-1 incorporate varying quantities of the following items: broken sherds with worn edges, fragmented and desiccated human remains, chert projectile points, fragmentary painted stucco, figurine heads, carved-shell adornments, pyrite fragments, and three jadeite pieces in varying stages of production. In terms of accumulated materials suggesting ritual, there is evidence for the deposition of whole vessels, marl-blanketed sherd deposits, in situ smashing, and the resetting of Early Classic era stelae depicting Teotihuacan style imagery in the Plaza 2 deposit areas at the base of the building.