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El Asintal, Retalhuleu, Guatemala — Central America

Stela 18 Station

Estación Stela 18

Stela 18 Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
1. Stela 18 Station Marker
Estela 18
Esta fué tallada en roca metamórfica tipo gneis y no proviene de la región. Esto hace pensar en el extraordinario esfuerzo que implicó el transporte de la roca desde su lugar de orígen, hecho que refleja el poder y la riqueza de Tak'alik Ab'aj. Esta estela por sus dimensiones 4.02 mt. de alto x 1.20 mt. de ancho y 0.65 mt. de grosor se cataloga como una de las mas altas de la Ciudad.

English translation:
Stela 18
This stela was carved from gneiss, a metamorphic type of rock, which is not from this region. This leads one to consider the extraordinary effort that it meant to transport this rock from its place of origin, a fact that reflects the power and richness of Tak'alik Ab'aj. This stela is one of the tallest in this ancient city with dimensions of a height of 4.02 meters, a width of 1.20 meters and 0.65 meters thickness.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans.
Location. 14° 38.356′ N, 91° 43.935′ 
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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 (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Piecitos Station (about 150 meters away); Guacalitos Station (about 180 meters away); Structure 11 (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Sweat Lodge (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Plaza Tukur Balam (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Soldiers Monument of Quetzaltenango (approx. 31 kilometers away in Quetzaltenango).
Regarding Stela 18 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.
Stela 18 and altar image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
2. Stela 18 and altar
Unfortunately the stela is eroded and does not have any visible inscriptions. The marker is to the right of this view.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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