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A Late Formative Period Stela in the Maya Lowlands

Norman Hammond
American Antiquity
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Apr., 1982), pp. 396-403
DOI: 10.2307/279910
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/279910
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A Late Formative Period Stela in the Maya Lowlands
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Abstract

A plain stela has been identified at the site of Cuello, Belize. On the basis of stratigraphy and the accompanying cache vessels it has been dated to the latter part of the Late Formative, ca. A.D. 100. This date is approximately 200 years older than the earliest Initial Series dated stela so far known in the Maya lowlands, and comparable with some early dated monuments in the Pacific piedmont zone. Stela erection in the lowlands may antedate the secondary use of such monuments as vehicles for dynastic propaganda.

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