Maya Monument Production: Techne and the Birth of Meaning

Author(s): Emmett Nahil; Mary Clarke

Year: 2017


Analyses of sculptural practices of the Ancient Maya have centered on the final stages of production, namely the identities of sculptors, the locations of production, and the techne of sculptural practice. While the contributions of these analyses cannot be contested, there remains a poorly resolved understanding of when in the process of sculpture limestone gains its cultural significance. This paper presents data from recent excavations at a quarry workshop at Xultun where a stela still attached to bedrock was uncovered. Our analysis of this discovery provides a glimpse into the first stages of monument production, such as stone selection and removal, as well as the beginnings of cultural practices often associated with the use-life of a stela.

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Maya Monument Production: Techne and the Birth of Meaning. Emmett Nahil, Mary Clarke. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431429)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 16271