Pendergast recovered Stela 9 beneath a shallow deposit of soil.
The structure as well as the carved stone monument was
destroyed sometime after the Late Classic period, luckily it landed face
down on the front lower central stairs of the structure which
already had soil accumulated on it.
Because of this the extremely fine, shallow carving of this
important object was mostly preserved.
It contains invaluable hieroglyphs and iconographic
information about Lamanai.
Structure N10-27, Completion of Consolidation
Tourism Development Project (TDP), headed by C. Belanger
& J. Awe,
and made possible by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the
residents of Indian Church and San Carlos Village.
N10-27 – Stela 9, Classic Period - Lamanai, Belize
period carved stone monument, March 2003 recent decipherment by
epigrapher Simon Martin
not change the original two dates recorded on the monument
determined by Michael Closs
AD 608 & 625 – but does change the individuals we think may be
being discussed from Lord Smoking Shell to Yopaat and Sun Shark –
it is not clear if the main figure is the dead lord Yopaat or the
current ruler (actually more like King, a rare title of East
Kaloomte') dressed in royal regalia that actually is very
old-fashioned, see below for more information - with this in mind
we'd lean toward the figure representing Yopaat after his death.
Stela 9, Rubbing
L. Belanger (www.louisebelanger.com)
representations identified by
D. Reents-Budet ()
indicates a blend of Early and Late Classic traits – early being
headdress with projecting chin strap, wristlets in the central area
that resemble earplugs, ruler holding emblematic head in one hand
and a ceremonial bar in the other – late traits being some empty
space throughout (a reduction of imagery trend), outward turned feet
(not seen here), and earplugs depicted as independent from the