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Uaxactun: Stela 1
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Uaxactun, Stela 1

LOCATION This stela, found by the Carnegie Institution expedition of 1916, was set in front of Structure B-1, the placement of its altar on its west side suggesting that the stela faced away from the mound.

CONDITION The butt remains in situ, its north side revealed by a CIW pit. The shaft broke about 0.30 m above the plaza floor, but any carving below the line of the break on the face toward the altar has been lost through fracture and crumbling. A horizontal line perceptible on the north side may represent the bottom of the inscription on that side.

All that is left of the shaft are five decayed fragments. Three were found with carving still preserved on their narrow sides, and photographs of two were reproduced by Morley (1937-38, vol. 5, pI. 65c and d), captioned as, respectively, the left and right sides; in his text, however, Morley did not venture to attribute the other, more eroded fragments (not examined by me) to one side or the other (1937-38, vol. 1, p. 209). The first fragment does show faint traces of carving on the face that would be the front if, as Morley supposed, the surviving inscription was on the left side.

MATERIAL Limestone of poor quality.

SHAPE Unknown.

CARVED AREAS Only the north side, for certain (see above).

PHOTOGRAPHS First fragment: Graham. Other fragments: Morley.

DRAWING Graham.

DIMENSIONS Butt:

Ht 1.40 m
MW 1.40 m approx.
MTh 0.67m
First fragment:
Ht 1.30 m
MW 1.00 m
MTh 0.59 m (reduced
by flaking)
Rel 1.5cm
 

 

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