A New Queen of La Florida?


During the 2016 season of the La Florida-Namaan Archaeology Project in October, we made the unexpected discovery of a new carved monument, La Florida Stela 16. Dating to 785 A.D., this is the latest carved monument known at the site. It depicts a royal woman in the act of scattering incense for the period ending. While no name for the woman is provided, the stela bears a striking resemblance to Stela 9, first documented by Edwin Shook in 1943. While it is possible that the two stelae represent the same woman, she would probably be in her 90s by 785, according to other historical information at the site. Is this an old queen or a new one? Perhaps future discoveries will reveal the answer. Read more at floridanaranjo.net/data.