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San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize
 

Altar 21 at Caracol

(A Group Ballcourt; Structures A11 & A12)

 
 
Altar 21 at Caracol Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 8, 2016
1. Altar 21 at Caracol Marker
Inscription.
This altar is a ballcourt marker erected in A.D. 633 by Lord Kan II. The text explains that Kan II's father, Lord Water, engaged in two war events with Tikal in A.D. 556 and A.D. 562.
The unstated purpose of the monument is to compare Kan II's first defeat of Naranjo in A.D. 631 with his father's defeat of Tikal.
 
Erected by Belize Department of Archaeology.
 
Location. 16° 45.684′ N, 89° 7.243′ W. Marker is in San Ignacio, Cayo. Click for map. The marker is just to the north of the A Group Ballcourt at Caracol Archaeological Site some 40 miles south of San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize.
 
Categories. AnthropologyWars, Non-US
 
Altar 21 at Caracol image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 8, 2016
2. Altar 21 at Caracol
The actual Altar 21 with the original, although weathered, inscription.
Altar 21 at Caracol Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 8, 2016
3. Altar 21 at Caracol Marker
The marker is at the far north end of the reconstructed A Group Ballcourt at Caracol Archaeological Site. Altar 21 has been moved some meters to the east to a covered area for protection from erosion.
Structure A6 at Caracol, just north of the A Group Ballcourt image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 8, 2016
4. Structure A6 at Caracol, just north of the A Group Ballcourt
Caana at Caracol's Group B image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 8, 2016
5. Caana at Caracol's Group B
At 141 feet (43 meters) this is still the tallest man-made structure in Belize.
The view south from the top of Caana at Caracol's Group B image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 8, 2016
6. The view south from the top of Caana at Caracol's Group B
 
 
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