Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Otulum, a former name of the Mayan city of Palenque

Otulum is a former place name of the Mayan city of Palenque, a Maya site in the lower foothills of the Sierra de Chiapas—southeast of Villahermosa, today's capital of the state of Tabasco in Mexico [1,2]. The place got its name from the river Otulum running through this site with its Classic Maya architecture, whose stelae, temples and other buildings are richly filled with hieroglyphic inscriptions and texts [3].

Keywords: geography, history, archaeology, toponyms.

References and more to explore
[1] Michael D. Coe: Breaking the Maya Code. Thames & Hudson, New York, Revised Edition 1999; pages 193 and 202.
[2] American Philosophical Society > Native American Collections, Case II, Section Tabular View of the Compared Atlantic Alphabets and Glyphs of Africa & America, by Constantine  Samuel Rafinesque, 1832  [www.amphilsoc.org/library/lobbyexhibit/natam2011/case2].
[3] David Stuart: The Inscriptions from Temple XIX at Palenque. The Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute, San Francisco, 2005 [www.mesoweb.com/publications/stuart/TXIX-spreads.pdf].

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