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Main Title: The calculation of the lunar series on classic Maya monuments
Author(s): Fuls, Andreas
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Archaeological and historical evidence clearly shows that the Lunar Series of mythical dates were calculated backward—that is, they were often determined from the date on which the monument was erected using a specific formula to calculate the age of the moon. In this article, I present a high-precision adjustment technique that confirms the “Palenque formula” using Lunar Series data from recent excavations. I show that the Palenque formula was also used at Tikal on to backward calculate the Lunar Series of 12 Ahaw 3 Sak. At Coba, the backward calculation of the Lunar Series of the Era base date used a less precise 29.5-day lunar month. I also discuss the relationship between rulers of specific sites and the lunar-month count at those sites, finding that there was no “Period of Uniformity” in lunar calculation, as proposed by John Teeple (1930). Although a uniform six-month count was used during the reign of several rulers, in many cases the month count changed after a new ruler came to throne. I propose a month count related to a cycle of eight tropical years for the Lunar Series of K'inich Yo'nal Ahk I and Yo'nal Ahk III at the site of Piedras Negras.
Issue Date: 2007
Date Available: 31-Aug-2018
DDC Class: 930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
Journal Title: Ancient Mesoamerica
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Volume: 18
Issue: 2
Publisher DOI: 10.1017/S0956536107000168
Page Start: 273
Page End: 282
EISSN: 1469-1787
ISSN: 0956-5361
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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