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California State University, Stanislaus Foundation (Turlock, CA 95382-3200)
Ellen Elizabeth Bell (Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Ricardo A. Agurcia Fasquelle (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)
Loa Traxler (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

$248,762 (approved)
$248,762 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

The Architectural Development of Temple 16 at the Classic Period (400-825 CE) Maya Center of Copan, Honduras

Preparation of a print manuscript detailing the American-Honduran excavations at the ancient Maya site of Copan (1989-2010). (36 months)

The comprehensive volume entitled, The Str. 10L-16 Sequence: The Architectural Development of the Core of the Early Copan Acropolis, details the evolution of a Classic Maya capital that dominated the SE Maya area for 400 years (426-822 CE). This two-part volume presents the Structure 10L-16 architectural sequence in its entirety, with Part A focusing on the earliest levels excavated by the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Part B concentrating on the later levels excavated by the Asociación Copán. The proposed project will support the intensive collaboration needed to produce a cohesive study of the architecture, iconography, and hieroglyphic inscriptions that formed a narrative of royal power and legitimacy throughout Copan’s history. The manuscript, to be delivered in 2024, presents an intensively researched case study of the development, maintenance, and eventual dissolution of an ancient political capital that will inform analyses of archaic states in the Maya area and beyond.