Ichmul de Morley, Panels 1 and 2

Research Contribution 9 and Corpus Volume 9 are here published simultaneously; both are about the carved stone panels known as Ichmul de Morley Panels 1 and 2. The Research Contribution, by Gregory Smith, details the early history of the discovery of the panels by Sylvanus Morley and their subsequent documentation, while the Corpus Volume presents recent photographs and drawings of them by Bruce Love.

Corpus Volume 9: Ichmul de Morley, Yucatán, Mexico

Research Contribution 9: The History of the Ichmul de Morley Ballplayer Panels, by J. Gregory Smith

Planchón del Rey (San Diego Cliff Face), Petén, Guatemala

Corpus Volume 8 presents a single monument, an Early Classic period relief carving, three meters tall, high on a limestone escarpment that overlooks a major (though unrecorded) archaeological site about halfway along the paved highway connecting La Libertad and El Ceibo, Petén. The project was facilitated by the alcalde of the municipio of La Libertad, where I had photographed the Itzimte stelae in 2016 that constituted our Corpus Volume 7.

When I returned to La Libertad in April 2019, again with Bernie Mittelstaedt as my guide and co-worker, I brought two plaques showing the Itzimte stelae as gifts and tokens of appreciation to alcalde Benjamín Ipiña. These plaques were made of metalized material suitable for hanging outdoors. Mr. Ipiña then made phone calls for us that paved the way for us to photograph Planchón del Rey.

two men holding signage and shaking hands

-Bruce Love

Corpus Volume 8: Planchón del Rey (San Diego Cliff Face), Petén, Guatemala

Palo Verde, Chimaltenango, Guatemala

Corpus Volume 6 combines photos by Bruce Love with drawings by Oswaldo Chinchilla of three stelae from the site of Palo Verde, located in the hinterlands of the Late Classic city of Cotzumalguapa, on the Pacific piedmont of Guatemala, an abrupt departure from Volumes 1-5 that were all from south-east Peten.

Presenting three stelae from the Cotzumalguapa archaeological zone demonstrates our dedication to bringing our readers inscriptions from throughout Mesoamerica, not only the Maya area. This volume takes advantage of a recent opportunity by Love to photograph in the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología (MUNAE) in Guatemala City. While working there at night on July 31 and August 2 and 3 of this year, Love photographed the three stelae from Palo Verde that are currently on display in the main courtyard of the museum.

Dr. Chinchilla has graciously allowed us to publish his drawings alongside the photos, along with a link to an important journal article* by him and colleagues that describes archaeological investigations at the site.

-Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

*The journal article is made available here in compliance with JSTOR “Terms and Conditions of Use” (https://about.jstor.org/terms/).

Corpus Volume 6: Monuments from Palo Verde, Chimaltenango, in MUNAE, Guatemala City

El Chal, Petén, Guatemala

In our fifth corpus volume, we present monuments from El Chal, Petén, photographed April 24, 2016. The link to this material is included below.

We also draw your attention to a couple improvements made to the website. In addition to replacing many corpus photos and drawings with higher resolution images, we’ve uploaded new versions of the Research Contributions and Corpus PDFs to standardize their names and to include information about the Creative Commons license, which applies to all corpus images.

-Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

Corpus Volume 5: Monuments from El Chal, Peten, Guatemala

Sacul and Joyaj ti ‘ajawlel

Our third blog presents monuments photographed in situ (May 12, 2016) at the site of Sacul, Southeast Peten, and a downloadable PDF of an important recent book by Alejandro Sheseña (Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas) deciphering the famous accession compound in Classic Maya writing (Proskouriakoff’s “Toothache Glyph”). Thank you for your readership and positive feedback, please share these contributions with friends and colleagues.

-Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

Corpus Volume 3: Monuments from Sacul, Peten, Guatemala

Research Contribution 3: Joyaj ti ‘ajawlel, by Alejandro Sheseña