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But then hieroglyphics expert Simon Martin visited the newly opened Toniná site museum and discovered an inscription bearing the date on which K'inich B'aaknal Chaak's successor became king. This was in AD 708, three years before the capture of K'inich Kan Joy Chitam of Palenque. In this photograph we are looking at the name of the captor,which begins with K'inich ("Great Sun") and ends with K'ahk' ("Fire"). Since the second glyph has not been deciphered, he is known as Ruler 4.

Detail of the stela base in the Toniná site museum. Photo: Joel Skidmore.