New Monumental Sculpture from Quen Santo, Guatemala

Author(s): Caitlin Earley

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Art, Archaeology, and Science: Investigations in the Guatemala Highlands" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Recent archaeological work at the western Guatemalan site of Quen Santo by the Proyecto Arqueológico de la Región de Chaculá (PARCHA) has investigated the chronology of the site and resulted in the discovery of new monuments. In this paper, I present the results of recent study of these monuments. After reviewing the art historical investigation completed in summer 2018, I will introduce three new sculptures from Quen Santo and explore how they add to current archaeological and art historical understanding of the site. These sculptures, I argue, both adhere to and depart from themes in the artistic program of Quen Santo. In addition to presenting new information about the art of a poorly understood site, this presentation provides a new perspective on broader issues in Mesoamerican art history, including rulership, ritual, and the role of sculpture in highland Maya centers.

Cite this Record

New Monumental Sculpture from Quen Santo, Guatemala. Caitlin Earley. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451211)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.197; min lat: 14.009 ; max long: -87.737; max lat: 18.021 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 24175