Middle Formative Origins of the Early Classic Period Stela Cult
Stela are standing stones, incised or carved with iconographic or hieroglyphic information. Stelae vary in size from the portable to monumental stones. Some of the earliest examples of stelae were erected at the middle formative period site of La Venta. Undoubtedly, these La Venta stela, like their Maya counterparts, are linked to concepts of rulership and sacred cycles of time. A close iconographic analysis supports an interpretation that finds the origin of these early stela firmly rooted in the caches of polished green stone celts and or figurines and statues that carry incised symbols and motifs as secondary information.
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- Contextualizing Maya History and Archaeology Part I: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Forest of Kings •
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Middle Formative Origins of the Early Classic Period Stela Cult. Frank Reilly, David Freidel. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396140)
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