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Glyphic Evidence for a Dynastic Sequence at Quirigua, Guatemala

David H. Kelley
American Antiquity
Vol. 27, No. 3 (Jan., 1962), pp. 323-335
DOI: 10.2307/277799
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/277799
Page Count: 13
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Glyphic Evidence for a Dynastic Sequence at Quirigua, Guatemala
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Abstract

This paper attempts to establish the rules governing the recognition of names in the Maya script, particularly with regard to their glyphic context. These rules are applied to the Quirigua inscriptions; glyph clauses pertaining to three rulers are established with some probability and two others are suggested more doubtfully. The founder of the Quirigua dynasty was apparently related to an identified ruler at Copan, and it is shown that at least one and probably two later rulers at Copan share some names and titles with the Quirigua rulers. It is suggested that the family name of the rulers of Copan and Quirigua was caan, sky.

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