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Estudios de cultura maya

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BIRO, Péter  y  PEREZ DE HEREDIA, Eduardo. The caracol disk of Chichén Itzá (929-932 CE). Some thoughts on epigraphy and iconography. Estud. cult. maya [online]. 2016, vol.48, pp.129-162. ISSN 0185-2574.

The sculpture referred to as the 'Tenoned Disk', which was recovered from the Caracol building at Chichén Itzá, is a monument decorated with a bass-relief carving displaying historical figures and an accompanying hieroglyphic text located on the rim of the monument. This text makes reference to several persons named using a Maya Yucatec language. The date 8 Ajaw is also recorded on the sculpture. For some unknown reason this monument has been overlooked by scholars who have sought to reconstruct the chronology of the site. Crucially, this monument records an important moment in the history of Chichén Itzá and of Yucatán in general: the arrival of the "Mexican-Toltec" people, and the re-foundation of the city under a new social construct that included foreigners and local nobility.

Palabras llave : Early Postclassic Maya; Chichén Itzá; epigraphy; iconography; archaeology.

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