National Geographic : 1935 Nov
PRESERVING ANCIENT AMERICA'S FINEST SCULPTURES THIS BUILDING WAS PROBABLY A MAYA SWEAT BATH! The structure is better preserved than any of the others at the large tree growing on the roof split the walls. Of the ruined Inscriptions probably contain no history, only records of time. In this case, the carved stones being in Along th( a niche, if the roof had fallen upon it the throne are fragments would all have been found to- served for t] gether; actually some of them were scat- on the thro tered far and wide, down the staircase and in the scre on the slopes to its sides. tachment ol Many of the pieces were never found, The thro but enough were recovered to permit the that the sc restoration of the sculpture. It was found actual cer to be a throne, consisting of a large flat Negras on stone table and a carved stone back-screen, found. It or reredos. The table has a smooth flat throne, for upper face and a line of glyphs at the front, portions so and is supported at the front by two short on the thro legs with glyphs on front and sides. The Morley,* is rear of the table top lay on a ledge with the erection of screen at the back of the ledge (p. 570). throne is pr The discovery of this throne supple- other schoo mented that of Lintel 3 beautifully and The scre interpreted the latter. For the scene por- wide, and trayed on the lintel is evidently that of a weighs 1,1C figure seated on just such a throne, with a had about t similar back-screen. The design elements Satterthv on the two screens are seen to be very simi- where I wa lar, and on the lintel, at the edges of the one which jaguar skin, are two indentations which ob- * See "Un viously indicate the two embrasures in the by Sylvanus throne screen. GEOGRAPHIC Piedras Negras, although roots of city and its people little is known. e lower edge of the table of the several holes which probably he attachment of the tassels seen ne in the lintel. Similar holes en may have served for the at Sthe jaguar robe. ne's discovery indicated clearly :ene on the lintel portrays an emony performed at Piedras a throne very similar to that could not have been the same not only are the details and pro mewhat different, but the date ne, as determined by Dr. S. G. 25 years later than that of the the lintel. The date of the obably November 7, 785, but an 1 would place it in the year 525. *en is six feet long, three feet five inches thick, and probably )0 pounds. The table originally :he same dimensions and weight. vaite came up on the temple .s working one day in 1932, the had contained beautiful Lintel 3. earthing America's Ancient History," Griswold Morley, in the NATIONAL MAGAZINE, July, 1931.