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Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings$
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Gyles Iannone, Brett A. Houk, and Sonja A. Schwake

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062754

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062754.001.0001

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Dynamic Transitions at El Perú-Waka’

Dynamic Transitions at El Perú-Waka’

Late Terminal Classic Ritual Repurposing of a Monumental Shrine

(p.243) 11 Dynamic Transitions at El Perú-Waka’
Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings

Olivia C. Navarro-Farr

University Press of Florida

Research at El Perú-Waka’s primary public civic ceremonial building, Structure M13-1, reveals intriguing evidence for non-royal ritual activities coeval with the decline of the city’s royal court. Though its construction was sponsored by and for the ritual use of members of the Royal Court throughout the Classic period, there is evidence for ritual repurposing of the space by non-royal Wakeños during the subsequent post-royal period. Patterns exhibited include a wide array of ritual and mortuary patterns as well as evidence for episodic ritual layering of offerings including a wide array of artifact categories. There are also considerable efforts to organize and re-set various Early and Late Classic stelae and stela fragments, suggesting the manipulation of symbol systems associated with the power and fecundity of kingship and sacred ancestry. The evidence provides important clues to how the ancient Maya at urban centers like Waka’ met the challenges of the decline of the royal court and its attendant socio-politico-economic networks.

Keywords:   Divine Kingship, Memory, Surface-deposits, Post-Royal, Ritual, Collapse

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