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Xultun: Stela 1
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LOCATION In 1920, the CIW found the main fragment leaning slightly forward on the west side of the stairway leading to Structure A-1. In 1974 the base was found in situ, buried in debris behind the larger fragment.

CONDITION Most of the carved surface had flaked off, leaving only small areas of the main fragment and of the bottom piece with sculptural detail. The sides and back have also suffered from flaking and weathering, but as they most likely had been left uncarved, the damage is rather unimportant. An intermediate fragment probably no longer exists.

MATERIAL Poor quality limestone.

SHAPE Parallel sides. Shape of top unknown.

CARVED AREAS Front only.

PHOTOGRAPHS von Euw.

DRAWINGS von Euw; based on field drawings corrected by artificial light.

REMARKS Because of the difference in width between the two fragments, they may actually be parts of two stelae. However, in antiquity the larger fragment may simply have broken, and then was shaved down and reset. (The rather flat lower edge may not, in fact, be a natural break) If this were the case, then the sides may have been carved at one time.

DIMENSIONS

Main fragment:
Ht 2.20 m
MW 1.06 In
MTh 0.57 m
Rel 8.0 cm
Bottom fragment
HLC 0.40 m
PB 0.50 m plus
WBC 1.24 m
MW 1.24 m
MTh 0.60 m
Rel 2.0 cm
 

 

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