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This hunch was amply born out when the archaeology proceeded to uncover not just the stucco panel but a stunning collection of monuments associated with K'inich Ahkal Mo' Nahb' III, who became ruler of Palenque in A.D. 722 of our calendar. A brilliantly frescoed tomb was found in the adjacent Temple XX.


K'inich Ahkal Mo' Nahb' III was formerly known as Akul Anab III and Chaacal III. (See Genealogy of Palenque Rulers.) His accession was in A.D. 721 of the Julian calendar and A.D. 722 of the Gregorian.

K'inich Ahkal Mo' Nahb' III from a sculptured limestone tablet discovered in Temple XIX. (Photo: Mark Van Stone.)