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Drawing by Merle Greene Robertson from The Sculpture of Palenque , Vol. III.


There is also a possible reference to Lord Shield Pacal's death in the final clause of the Tablet of the 96 Glyphs (L6-L7), where, after the dates of the text progressively climb to 9.17.13.0.0, there is a final reference to Lord Shield Pacal, who died some five katuns earlier. Here we find at L6 'five katuns', which we at first thought must be a reference to Lord Shield Pacal's age at death (he was in his fifth katun), but there is not the customary 'ben-ich' superfix present. We now believe that the '5 katuns' refers to the approximate time that had elapsed from the time of Lord Shield Pacal's death to the date of the carving of his inscription, 9.17.13.0.0.

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