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Wall panel shows Mayan ruler had previously unknown son

The 7th-century Mayan ruler Pakal had a previously unknown second son, according to a recently analyzed wall panel in Palenque.

In 2009, an epigraphist from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, Guillermo Bernal Romero, interpreted the glyphic text found in the recovered panel fragments and found mention of a second son of Pakal named Wak…nal B’ahlam Ch’aaj II Sibik Kan.

In addition to the name, the glyph also mentions that Wak…nal participated in Palenque’s military campaign of 687 A.D. against the ancient Maya city of Tonina and was the son of the ruler K’inich Janaahb’ Pakal (Pakal the Great) and lady Tz’ak-b’u Ajaw, known as the Red Queen.

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Story: Fox News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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