There are even personal details in parts of the palace such as a cistern for collecting rainwater and a stone drain to bring in fresh water and remove waste.
Using radiocarbon dates, researchers found that the palace was built in a single construction effort during 300-100BC.
The middle two columns of the Met's fragment begin with another distance number and the recording of an accession of someone into rulership in December 647, or the day 11 Chuwen 4 Muwaan (18.104.22.168.11), using the metaphors "seating into rulership" and "tying/binding the word." The following distance number projects back in time to remind the reader that thirty-one days prior to the seating of the ruler was an important calendric checkpoint, 22.214.171.124.0., occurring on the day 6 Ajaw, 13 Mak (November 667), twenty years after the anniversary mentioned on the preceding columns.
Returning to the entire text of Monument 6, it is read in two columns from left to right and then up to down (fig. The Met's fragment begins with a distance number that projects the narrative forward in time: This passage is a common construction in late Classic Maya texts in which kings list off conquests in the commemoration of an anniversary or dedication of a shrine, such as this case.
Prophets of doom, who predicted the "end of the world" as we know it, and their opposing naysayers, focused on the date with much anticipation. (Although Anthro Journal makes the statement at the beginning of the paper that it is part of the Journal's "Viewpoint" section and that the sourcing and interpretation may be somewhat questionable). In a paper recently published in the online open-access collegiate journal, Anthro Journal, author Dale King suggests that the Great Cycle of the Maya calendar so often referred to by scholars, journalists, and others as having ended on December 21, 2012, should not have actually ended on that date after all.Writes King: ""If what Jenkins says is true", adds King, "then the calendar should begin when the deity was born, not eight years later. The modest site's unfortunate destruction in the mid-twentieth century make future archaeological and epigraphic work challenging. Scholars know little about the origins of the dynasty at Tortuguero: Was the lineage using the same emblem glyph because they were subordinate to the dynasts at Palenque, or were the rulers at Tortuguero members of a rival faction that splintered from the Palenque patrilineal sequence?By pushing the ‘beginning of time’ back eight years to coincide with the birth of the deity, we arrive at 3122 BC, with a corresponding Maya Calendar end-date in 2004.