Archaeologists have deciphered the ancient Mayan inscriptions
(ORDO NEWS) — Mexican scholars have deciphered the story of one of the strongest Mayan dynasties that ruled the city of Coba for almost three hundred years between about 500 and 780 BC.
This city is located on the Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo of modern Mexico. During the heyday of the Mayan civilization, Coba was one of the largest cities on the peninsula.
Research has been carried out here by archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and Archeology over the past ten years.
There are quite a lot of buildings and stone ceremonial dams in the city – about 120 km 2 in total.
Scientists managed to decipher the inscriptions that were identified on various religious and engineering structures.
According to researchers, we are talking about the names of fourteen rulers from one dynasty, which belongs to the early classical period. It was the time when the city flourished.
The name of the founder of the dynasty is Junpik Tok, the researchers roughly translate as “The one with 8000 flints.”
It is also noteworthy that in the dynasty, scientists identified a woman – Isik… Yopaat (researchers did not fully decipher her name), who ruled the city for 40 years at the beginning of the 7th century.
This fact is not quite typical of the Maya, although similar examples have occurred before.
In addition to these two rulers, archaeologists have deciphered or partially deciphered other names – Kahta Chitam, Uxman, Kaviil, Yopaat Taj-Naj, Kahk, Kalomte and Xaman Kaviil.
Koba remained a significant center until around 1000 AD and further, until the arrival of the Spanish conquerors around 1550, had rather a ritual significance. With the advent of the conquistadors, the city was abandoned by its inhabitants.
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