Estudios de cultura maya
versión impresa ISSN 0185-2574
DELVENDAHL, Kai. Royal palace complexes in Southern Maya Lowlands: evaluating archaeological and iconographical data. Estud. cult. maya [online]. 2010, vol.36, pp. 87-116. ISSN 0185-2574.
This paper will present some conclusions of an evaluation of the physical, spatial, functional, and social aspects of Classic Maya royal palaces taking into account archaeological and iconographic evidence. For the iconographic evaluation, the analysis examined representations of palace-like ambience on 87 cylindrical ceramic vases, while the archaeological information includes data from the better documented palace groups of the Southern Maya Lowlands, including the Palace Group M7 of Aguateca, the Palace of Palenque, Los 27 Escalones of Kohunlich, Group 10L-2 of Copan, the Central Acropolis of Tikal and the Grand Acropolis Group of Calakmul. In comparing the iconographic corpus with the archaeological evidence, one of the general objectives of this presentation is to provide an example of how the information inherent in the palace scenes can be capitalized to propose more adjusted ideas about the physical, spatial, functional, and social aspects of Late Classic Maya palace groups.
Palabras llave : Palaces; Elite; Late Classic; Archaeology; Iconography.