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El Asintal, Retalhuleu, Guatemala
 

Piecitos Station

 
 
Piecitos Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
1. Piecitos Station Marker
Inscription.
Altar 46 - "Piecitos"
Roca colocada en la fila este de monumentos sobre la superficie de la gran Estructura 7. Tiene un par de huellas de pies genialmente esculpidos en su superficie. Estas huellas estan orientadas 115°NE, exactamente donde aparece el sol en el solsticio de invierno el 21 de diciembre. Esto nos indica que los antiguos mayas estaban observando el trayecto del sol para poder contar los dias del año y con lo cual de desarolla el sistema de cuenta larga. Las masivas ofrendas depositadas en el lugar testigua la importancia de este evento que se esta conmemorando desde alrededor de 100 d.C. a inicios de b'aqtun 8, finales del Preclasico Tardío.

Mapa de los monumentos encima de la estructura 7 y indicaciones sobre dónde pasan los solticios del año

English translation:
Alta 46 - "Piecitos" ("Little Feet")
This rock in this line of monuments here on top of Structure 7 has a pair of footprints deftly carved into its surface. These prints are oriented to 115° NE, exactly in the direction where the sun appears on the winter solstice of December 21. This indicates to us that the ancient Maya were observing the sun's trajectory in order to count the days of the year, and with that, developing their Long Count calendar. The massive offerings in the form of stone monuments deposited in
Piecitos Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
2. Piecitos Station Marker
The line of monuments on top of Structure 7 can be seen in the foreground. The "Piecitos" Altar (Altar 46) is to the left of this view.
this place testify to the importance of this event that has been commemorated since around 100 CE at the beginning of b'aqtun 8 at the end of the Late Preclassic.

Map of the monuments on top of Structure 7 and indications of where the solstice occurs during the year.
 
Location. 14° 38.275′ N, 91° 43.9′ W. Marker is in El Asintal, Retalhuleu. Click for map. Km. 199, Tak'alik Ab'aj Archaeological Park, Reserva Natural Privada Santa Margarita, Municipio El Asintal.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guacalitos Station (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Tanmi Tnam Plaza (about 120 meters away); Stela 18 Station (about 150 meters away); Sweat Lodge (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Plaza Tukur Balam (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Structure 11 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away).
 
Regarding Piecitos Station. Tak'alik Ab'aj is the oldest known Mayan site, dating from 900 BCE, and was continuously inhabited until ca. 1000. The site is unique in that it has many examples of Olmec influence on early Mayan culture.

A b'aqtun is a period of time equal to about 394 years. The period of the 8th and 9th b'aqtuns correspond to the period of the highest development in ancient Mayan society.
The Long Count calendar
Altar 46 - "Piecitos" image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
3. Altar 46 - "Piecitos"
Facing northeast towards the direction of the rising sun on the winter solstice. The engraving of the feet is very faded and unfortunately the stone is not currently protected from further erosion or damage.
identifies a date by counting the number of days from a "creation date" that normally is calculated to be September 6, 3114 BCE.
 
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A monument on top of Structure 7 of a ruler holding a jaguar and a deer. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
4. A monument on top of Structure 7 of a ruler holding a jaguar and a deer.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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