Copan reloaded: a new look at the Ante step and its context

Author(s): Alexandre Tokovinine

Year: 2017


This presentation reassesses the chronology and meaning of the inscription on the hieroglyphic step of the Ante structure at Copan, Honduras. The analysis was made possible by a high-resolution 3D scan of the step produced in 2011. The new interpretation indicates that the city of Copan underwent a re-foundation event upon the accession of its eighth ruler, Wi’ Ohl K’inich. The known contexts of similar statements are discussed along with the implications of several possible translations for our understanding of the sixth-century history of Copan during the crucial transition between the Early and the Late Classic. The textual information is compared to other data from the same period.

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Copan reloaded: a new look at the Ante step and its context. Alexandre Tokovinine. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431161)


Copan Epigraphy History

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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): 16261