Palenque is one of the best known and oldest Mayan archaeological sites. But recently little has been published on the ongoing work here. Marken's collection brings the archaeological record of Palenque up to date. Chapters cover a wide range of topics from architecture to hieroglyphic texts, from broad issues of chronology to settlement to theoretical and methodological issues concerning architectural excavations. Palenque represents an important update of research for any Mayan archaeologist.
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About the Author
Damien B. Marken is a member of the mapping team for the Proyecto Arqueol-gico El Pero-WakaO in Guatemala.
Table of Contents1 Foreword 2 Preface
Chapter 3 INTRODUCTION 4 Palenque Archaeology: An Introduction
Chapter 5 CHRONOLOGY 6 Chronological Chart and Overview of Ceramic Developments at Palenque 7 Palenque and Selected Survey Sites in Chiapas and Tabasco: The Preclassic 8 The Construction Chronology of Palenque: Seriation Within an Architectural Form
Chapter 9 SETTLEMENT 10 The Problem of Political Integration in the Kingdom of Baak 11 Indicators of Urbanism at Palenque 12 Creating Space through Water Management at the Classic Maya Site of Palenque, Chiapas
Chapter 13 ARCHITECTURE AND EXCAVATION 14 Elite Residential Compounds at Late Classic Palenque 15 Following the Traces of Temple XX: Proyecto Grupo de las Cruces 2002 Excavations 16 A House of Cards: Construction, Proportion and Form at Temple XIX, Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
Chapter 17 RELIGION AND RITUAL SPACES 18 Gods and Histories: Mythology and Dynastic Succession at Temples XIX and XXI at Palenque 19 Ritual Purification and the Ancient Maya Sweatbath at Palenque 20 CONTEMPORARY CONCERNS AND CONCLUSIONS 21 Why Restore Architecture at Palenque? 22 Conclusion: Reconceptualizing the Palenque Polity 23 Index 24 About the Contributors