Video Clips from Palenque, Yaxchilan & Uaxactun

Here are short video clips edited from the December 2012 Maya Field Workshops which visited Palenque, Yaxchilan, Bonampak and Plan de Ayutla.

How Palenque's Pacal got his name (2min 10 sec)

Archaeologist Alfonso Morales introduces Dr. David Stuart who describes how Linda Schele, Peter Matthews and Floyd Lounsbury deciphered the Palenque Dynasty glyphs at the first Mesa Redonda in 1973. This eventually led to the name of K'inich Janaab' Pakal, Palenque's most revered king whose tomb lies in the Temple of Inscriptions.

Mas Chocolates - David Stuart describes the discovery of Palenque's Temple (57sec)

Archaeologist Alfonso Morales emailed Maya archaeologist and epigrapher Dr. David Stuart on an exciting discovery with the subject line, "Mas Chocolates!" In this video, David describes the impact this had on him and the amazing amount hieroglyphic texts he was able to read as the panels were unearthed for the first time.

David deciphers the Tiwol Chan Mat name glyph (48 sec)

In December 2012, participants of the Maya Field Workshops were looking at the Tablet of 96 Glyphs at Palenque's site museum. This tablet is well known among Mayanists for its beautifully rendered glyphs. The workshop, led by archaeologist and epigrapher, Dr. David Stuart, gives them a hand as participants take a crack at their own decipherment.
The name glyph is of Tiwol Chan Mat, the father of renown K'inich Ahkal Mo' Nahb, ruler of Palenque who is portrayed so prominently at Temple XIX. K'inich Ahkal Mo' Nahb's accession date was January 3, 722.

At Yaxchilan's Lintel 39, David explains the iconography surrounding K'awiil (1min 53 sec)

The Maya Field Workshops, led by archaeologist and epigrapher David Stuart, visited Yaxchilan on the Usumacinta River in Mexico in December of 2012. At Structure 16, he explains to the participants the iconography and the concept of "conjuring" and K'awiil, patron god of the rulers of Yaxchilan.

Maya Chocolate Vessel from Uaxactun (47 sec)

(This "bonus video" was not part of the Palenque trip.) David Stuart describes a Maya Chocolate drinking cup from Uaxactun (in the Peten, Guatemala) and explains the large glyphs on the vessel which translate as the owner and his ancestor. It includes the glyph, ka-ka-wa (kakaw or cocoa as we say today)