A Forest of Queens: The Legacy of Royal Calakmul Women at El Perú-Waka’s Central Civic-Ceremonial Temple


In 2012 archaeologists discovered Waka’s main civic-ceremonial temple was enshrined by numerous offerings as well as the construction of a monumental hearth and the placement of various fragments of carved stelae adorning the final platform phase. These fragments included previously unknown Stela 43 mentioning an ancestress and royal woman of Calakmul origin, Lady Ikoom. Excavations in the interior of the fronting platform revealed the tomb of Waka’s renowned Late Classic queen, Lady K’abel, built into an earlier construction phase. Also buried along the building’s centerline and in association with the sealing of Lady K’abel’s tomb was Stela 44. This monument features a standing ruler and bears lateral texts that also mention Lady Ikoom, in this instance with clearer historical context. Together, these monuments, the funerary assemblage, and the structure in which these elements are interred comprise an impressive tableau commemorating the importance of both these Early and Late Classic royal women from Calakmul who made their mark on Waka’s dynasty, sealing its role as a loyal vassal to that great superpower to the north.

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A Forest of Queens: The Legacy of Royal Calakmul Women at El Perú-Waka’s Central Civic-Ceremonial Temple. Olivia Navarro-Farr, Francisco Castaneda, Griselda Perez, Juan Carlos Perez. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396139)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;