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The fifteenth and sixteenth rulers of Copán strongly asserted their Teotihuacan heritage. This was in keeping with numerous Maya sites that used Teotihuacan symbolism long after the fall of Teotihuacan itself, particularly in connection with warfare. In the case of Copán, this was a direct historical allusion. The famous hieroglyphic stairway of Copán's Temple 26 could be read as a complete dynastic history of the kingdom as a visitor ascended the pyramid to the temple on top.

Glyph block from the Hierolgyphic Stairway of Structure 10L-26 (Temple 26), Copán. Photo: Joel Skidmore.