New Study of the Tikal Temple VI (Temple of the Inscriptions), Guatemala
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Dmitri Beliaev, Mónica de León Antillón, Philipp Galeev, Sergei Vepretskii • español
Abstract. In this paper, data related to the chronology of Temple VI (The Temple of the Inscriptions) at Tikal is analyzed. During the second season of fieldwork on the “Atlas Epigráfico de Petén” project (April-May 2014), we documented the inscription on the roof comb of the temple, which is the largest hieroglyphic text from the Late Classic at Petén and one of the largest in the Maya Lowlands. The construction sequence of the relief and sculpted stucco observed on the roof comb, combined with epigraphic data, demonstrates that Temple VI was constructed in two phases. The first included the raising of the basal pyramid, the upper sanctuary, and the relief on the eastern façade of the roof comb, dedicated by the king Yihk’in Chan K’awil in 735 A.D. During the second phase, dated to around 766 A.D., the temple was enlarged and adorned with the reliefs on the north and south facades.
Keywords: Maya Lowlands, Petén, Tikal, Temple VI, monumental sculpture, Mayan epigraphy.
Beliaev, D., M. de León Antillón, P. Galeev, S. Vepretskii. 2016. Nuevo estudio del Templo VI (Templo de las Inscripciones) de Tikal, Guatemala. Arqueología Iberoamericana 29: 28-37.
Publication date: 18 February 2016.
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