Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) today announced an interesting historical analysis of a previously unpublished inscription from Palenque. These “new” fragments were found a number of years ago near the Temple of the Sun, where they originally were part of an interior wall panel flanking the temple’s inner sanctuary. Epigrapher Guillermo Bernal Romero believes that this text names a previously unknown son of the ruler K’inich Janab Pakal. I’m not so sure of this interpretation, but the text is fascinating, raising a number of questions.
I suspect we’ll revisit this text and its implications in a future Maya Decipherment posting.