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The Palenque Pool Project: Preliminary Investigations into Monumental Construction Costs

Author(s): Elijah Hermitt ; Kirk French

Year: 2016

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The Palenque Pool Project began excavations of the largest pool of the Picota Group in the Classic Maya site of Palenque in 2014. This group is located one kilometer from the Palace on the western edge of the site. Although the function of the pool is still unknown, its placement adjacent to one of Palenque's two stelae and its similarity to modern Maya examples, suggests ceremonial use. As a part of the 2015 field season samples were taken from two regions that appear to have been limestone quarries. The first possible source of stone is situated roughly 275 meters southwest of the Main Picota Pool. The second, which can be found about 350 meters to the southeast, lies directly uphill from the Templo Olvidado in the Piedras Bolas Group. These samples have been comparatively analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) testing with sections extracted from cut stone found in and around the pool. This is the first of many steps in developing a comprehensive analysis of the monumental construction cost of the pool and the connected aqueduct system.

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The Palenque Pool Project: Preliminary Investigations into Monumental Construction Costs. Elijah Hermitt, Kirk French. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404835)


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

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America