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El Asintal, Retalhuleu, Guatemala — Central America

Guacalitos Station

Estación Guacalitos

Guacalitos Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
1. Guacalitos Station Marker
Monumento 11
Contiene cinco glifos de figura de cabeza completa, en el lateral derecho una anotación correspondiente al número 11, y bajo éste el simbolo de un posible kin. Éstos signos pueden representar el inicio de la evolucón de la escritura maya en Tak'alik Ab'aj. Escultura de Preclásico Medio - fase Nil - 700-400 a.C.

Altar 48
Tema mitológico de un cocodrilo con las fauces abiertas y la cola arqueada, el cuerpo lo forma un simbol cautrifoliar y dentro de éste hay un personaje sentado sobre un trono. En tres laterales fueron esculpidos representaciones de criaturas y en el lateral este, un texto de cuatro glifos de figura de cabeza, enmarcados cada uno en un medallón. Escultura de inicios del Preclásico Tardío - fase Rocío - 400-200 a.C.

Pie de dibujos:
Monumento 11
Altar 48

English translation:
Monument 11
This monument contains five complete head glyphs with a notation on the right side corresponding to the number 11. Underneath this symbol is a possible kin (symbol that represents a day). These symbols may represent the beginning of the evolution of Mayan
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writing in Tak'alik Ab'aj. The sculpture is from the Middle Preclassic period - Nil phase - 700-400 BCE

Altar 48
This altar contains a sculpture with a mythological theme where a crocodile with its jaws open and its tail arched has a body forming a symbol with four parts. Inside of this shape there is a person seated on a throne. On the three sides of the altar were sculpted representations of creatures and on the east side, a text of four head glyphs, each one framed inside of a medallion. The sculpture is from the beginning of the Late Preclassic period - Rocío phase - 400-200 CE

Monument 11
Altar 48
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyMan-Made Features.
Location. 14° 38.254′ N, 91° 43.952′ W. Marker is in El Asintal, Retalhuleu. Km. 199, Tak'alik Ab'aj Archaeological Park, Reserva Natural Privada Santa Margarita, Municipio El Asintal. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Asintal, Retalhuleu 11009, Guatemala. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 32 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tanmi Tnam Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Piecitos Station (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Stela 18 Station (about 180 meters away); Sweat Lodge
Guacalitos Station - Altar 48 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
2. Guacalitos Station - Altar 48
Compare the figure to the marker in order to imagine the creativity of the crocodile image.
(about 210 meters away); Plaza Tukur Balam (about 210 meters away); Structure 11 (about 210 meters away); The Soldiers Monument of Quetzaltenango (approx. 31.2 kilometers away in Quetzaltenango).
Regarding Guacalitos 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.
Altar 48 inscription image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Oswaldo López
3. Altar 48 inscription
Courtesy Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Gobierno de Guatemala (Ministry of Culture and Sports, Government of Guatemala).
Guacalitos Station - Monument 11 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
4. Guacalitos Station - Monument 11
The glyphs for the number 11 can be seen on the left side of the monument. In the Mayan numeral system the bars are equal to 5 and dots have a value of one. The marker is at the top left of the photo.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 8, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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Nov. 30, 2023