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  • Altar 1
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  • Stela 1
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Uaxactun: Stela 3
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LOCATION This stela was found fallen on the west side of Structure B-8. The main portion lay on its face 12 m out from the mound; a fragment that could scarcely have come from this stela lay 6 m farther west; another fragment lay 8 m to the north. This last was designated Altar 2 by Blom (1924, p. 35). On opposite sides of the periphery of Altar 2 are single vertical lines; these suggested to me the possibility that the altar had been reworked from the missing lower fragment of Stela 3, the lines having once formed the lower margins of glyph panels on the sides of the stela. On turning the altar in 1978 I found carving on the underside that seemed to confirm the supposition.

CONDITION The main portion is fairly well preserved on all three sculptured sides, erosion of the surfaces having been rather uniform. The carving on the front of the lower fragment naturally suffered damage at the original breakage, and then during reworking into an altar.

MATERIAL Fine-grained limestone.

SHAPE Sides bulge somewhat; rounding of top is irregular. Front surface is somewhat convex, the back unevenly dressed. Shape of butt is unknown (trimmed for reuse).

CARVED AREAS Front and both sides.

PHOTOGRAPHS Graham.

DRAWINGS Graham, based on field drawings corrected by artificial light.

DIMENSIONS

HLC 2.75 m approx.
PB 0.39 m plus
MW 1.13 m
WBC 1.05 m
MTh 0.53 m
Rel 2.1 cm
 

 

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