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Xultun: Stela 23
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LOCATION This stela is the westernmost of the three stelae set in front of Structure A-23. It was discovered in 1974 lying face down on top of its altar.

CONDITION Deterioration began when the stela fell onto the altar and cracked, thus inviting the penetration of tree roots. The central part of the stela was completely destroyed by them and then crushed by the weight of the ramoll that was growing on it when discovered. Although the top of the stela looks reasonably well preserved, disintegration of the stone has reduced its thickness in some areas to no more than 3 cm. The sides are almost completely eroded or destroyed; nowhere has more than a third of the thickness survived.

MATERIAL Very porous limestone.

SHAPE Parallel sides with slightly rounded top.

CARVED AREAS Front and sides.

PHOTOGRAPHS von Euw.

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

REMARKS The stela could not be turned until much of its back had been removed, the sides suffering in the process. This decayed stone was in too poor a condition to allow reconstruction with epoxy cement. The fragments removed were placed on or near the altar, and several small fragments were buried in a hole marked by chaltecoc posts.

DIMENSIONS

HLC 3.58 m
PE 1.00 m
MW 1.58 m
WBC 1.58 m
MTh 0.73 m approx.
Rel 2.5 cm
 

 

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