Development of a Classic Maya secondary polity at Itzimte


Itzimte (municipio La Libertad, Department of Peten, Guatemala) is a medium-sized Maya site in the savanna region in Central Peten. It was first described by Theobert Maler in 1908 and later visited by Sylvanus Morley in 1915 and 1921. In 2002 it was studied by Atlas Arqueologico de Guatemala team leaded by Hector Mejia. Itzimte consists of 6 principal plazas and 16 dispersed patio groups occupying about 50 ha. Monumental corpus of the site included 20 stelae (10 carved) and 12 altars (4 carved).

During the fieldwork of the Atlas Epigrafico de Peten project from 2013 to 2016 we redocumented major part of Itzimte hieroglyphic inscriptions. Dynastic count recorded on Stela 7 implies that the ruling house of Itzimte was founded in Protoclassic (75-100 AD). Although Early Classic (250-600 AD) history is unknown, we identified names of Late Classic rulers. Late development of Itzimte comparing to other neighboring polities seems to be related to its alliance with Ik'a (Motul de San Jose) kingdom around 760-770 AD.

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Development of a Classic Maya secondary polity at Itzimte. Dmitri Beliaev, Philipp Galeev, Sergei Vepretskii, Camilo Luin, Alejandro Garay. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429356)

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Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17129