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Quintessential Queen of Kaanul: K’abel of Waka’ in the age of empire.

Author(s): David Freidel ; Olivia Navarro Farr

Year: 2017

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Classic Maya civilization witnessed the reigns of many great queens, but the greatest in the southern lowlands was Kaloomte’ K’abel of Waka’. She presided over the routes of conquest in western Peten during the seventh century wars of Yuknoom Ch’een the Great. During her lifetime she and her consort King K’inich Bahlam turned the power of the ancient Wite’ Naah Fire Shrine, it’s Moon Goddess, its Death God Akan, and its other gods to the conquest and subjugation of Tikal. She and her city knew glory and violent defeat etched into buildings, monuments, and tombs. We trace the ark of the Queen of the West in the archeology of her city.

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Quintessential Queen of Kaanul: K’abel of Waka’ in the age of empire.. David Freidel, Olivia Navarro Farr. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430914)


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min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15237

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