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Yaxha


Also spelled Yaxh, Yaxj, and (glyphically) Yaxa'. Maya-region site listed in The Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions "Sources of Sculpture and their Codes" and designated YXH (Graham and Mathews 1999).

The actual number of inscriptions from Yaxha is small, and not much is known of its early history (Martin and Grube 2000:72). At some point during the early Classic period it grew to tremendous size; the ruins today are the third largest in Guatemala, after El Mirador and Tikal (2000:72). Yaxha is situated on a lake that still bears its ancient name (ibid.:72).

At war with Naranjo through much of the Late Classic, Yaxha suffered reverses but seems not to have lost its independence (2000:72). Some affiliation with Naranjo's frequent foe Tikal is seen in Yaxha's twin-pyramid complex, a feature rarely seen outside Tikal (2000:72).

The foregoing is based on Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens by Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube (2000:72). Their sources include Stuart (1985) (online at Mesoweb/BEARC).