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LOCATION Found by Morley (1937-38, voL 2, pp. 263-264) lying broken on the east side of a large mound now designated Structure l0G-l (Tourtellot 1988, p. 41). From Stela 1, this stands at 2.4 kill distance and a bearing of 170 degrees.

CONDITION When discovered, two fragments had broken off the top of the shaft, the larger of which had lost its carved surface owing to separation at a bedding plane about 4 em from the carved surface. Although Morley's photograph is extremely poor, it seems to show other areas detached but still in place, and serious losses only at B1 from weathering and at 85 and 86 from detachment. By 1962 the stela had been engulfed in a miIpa, and the separated layer had broken into smaller fragments. Some were lost, but the surface stilI preserved much of its fine detail. Further losses had occurred by 1989, and in the following year the stela was reported to have suffered further damage in an utterly senseless episode, reputedly at the hands of a disgruntled former employee of the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia.

MATERIAL Hard, fine-grained limestone.

SHAPE Tapers very slightly towards the base, but sides are not dressed straight; top may originally have been flat and level.

DIMENSIONS

HLC 2.13m
PB not recorded
MW 0.76m
WBC 0.67m
MTh 0.28m
Rel 2.0cm

CARVED AREAS Front only.

PHOTOGRAPHS Graham, 1962 and 1989 (both mosaics).

DRAWING Graham, based on field drawings made in 1962 and 1989 without use of controlled light and on Morley's photo.

 

 

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