By Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Michelle Rich

Archaeology at El Perú-Waka’ is the 1st booklet to summarize long term learn at this significant Maya web site. the result of fieldwork and next analyses performed by means of individuals of the El Perú-Waka’ neighborhood Archaeological undertaking are coupled with theoretical ways treating the subjects of formality, reminiscence, and tool as deciphered via fabric is still found at Waka’.  The ebook is site-centered, but the fifteen wide-ranging contributions supply readers larger 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 old Maya urban situated in present-day northwestern Petén, Guatemala. Rediscovered via petroleum exploration employees within the mid-1960s, it's the greatest recognized archaeological website within the Laguna del Tigre nationwide Park in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. The El Perú-Waka’ local Archaeological venture initiated clinical investigations in 2003, and during excavation and survey, researchers proven that Waka’ used to be a key political and financial middle good built-in into Classic-period lowland Maya civilization, and reconstructed many facets of Maya existence and formality job during this old group. The examine distinctive during this quantity presents a wealth of recent, important, and scientifically excavated information, which individuals process with clean theoretical insights. within the procedure, they lay out sound ideas for knowing the ritual manipulation of monuments, landscapes, constructions, gadgets, and thoughts, in addition to similar subject matters encompassing the functionality and negotiation of strength through the city’s large sociopolitical history.

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Structure M13-­1 Plan featuring radiometric samples collected in 2006, units, architecture, and locations of architectural and archaeological findings from research conducted from the 2003 through the 2006 field seasons.  Tsesmeli, O. Navarro-­Farr, and A. L. Arroyave Prera, courtesy of the El Perú-­Waka’ Regional Archaeological Project. A Palimpsest Effect 37 indicate M13-­1 likely held great ceremonial and politico-­religious significance for generations of Waka’s inhabitants. For the ancient Maya, shrine structures like M13-­1 were considered to be central features of their built landscape and, as such, were often repositories of sacred memory and intangible Ch’ulel, or energy.

Smith 1950). At the same time, we spread out our effort through an extensive test excavation program in the epicenter and by initiating work at Chakah. This initial research strategy yielded intriguing data during the 2003 field season; and it influenced our continued work over the ensuing three seasons. We expanded excavation operations in all of those localities where we had started that contained monuments, including the main shrine group of the center, Structure M13-­1 (see Navarro-­Farr and Arroyave Prera, this volume); the adjacent pyramid dubbed the Royal Couple Building, Structure M12-­35 (see Acuña, this volume); the low rectangular mound demarcating Plazas 2 and 4 associated with Stela 15, Structure L13-­22 (discussed later in this chapter); and the smallest of the Mirador Group summit complexes, Structure N14-­12 (Rich 2004, 2005, 2011).

For it seems likely to us that broken sixth-­century monuments would have been retrieved and displayed in the same fashion at the fifth-­ century ones. Guenter expanded the excavations in Structure L13-­22 to reveal that fragments of the stelae, including a remarkable depiction of a Teotihuacano on Stela 14, had been incorporated into the southwestern end of this Terminal Classic platform. Presumably, the people living in the elite residential complex adjacent to Structure L13-­22, called the Paal Group (Arroyave Prera 2006a, 2006b; Arroyave Prera and Martínez 2004; Arroyave Prera and Matute 2005), used this newly defined ceremonial space and had motives for recalling the era of alliance with Siyaj K’ahk’ and Teotihuacan with some nostalgia.

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