“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
El Asintal in Municipality of El Asintal, Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Stela 18 Station

Estación Stela 18

Stela 18 Station Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
Location. 14° 38.356′ N, 91° 43.935′ W. Marker is in El Asintal, Retalhuleu, in Municipality of El Asintal. Touch for map. Km. 199, Tak'alik Ab'aj Archaeological Park, Reserva Natural
Stela 18 and altar image. Click for full size.
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.
Privada Santa Margarita, Municipio El Asintal. Marker is in this post office area: El Asintal, Retalhuleu 11009, Guatemala.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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).
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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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