APRIL 18, 588

MAYAN AJAW (CARACOL) K’AN II REPUTEDLY BORN

K’an II (Ruler V, Lord Stormwater Moon and Antenna Top II) was a Maya ajaw (ruler) of Caracol (in present day Belize) who reigned from 618 to 658 AD.  K’an II was a younger son of King Yajaw Te’ K’inich II and Lady Batz’ Ek’.  His half-brother and predecessor to the throne was Knot Ajaw.  His paternal grandfather was K’an I.  K’an II might be considered Caracol’s most successful ruler.  Excavations indicate widespread wealth, architecture in outlying districts, and a system of roadways to accommodate the growing population.  It is to K’an II that we owe Altar 21’s account of his father’s reign, which saw the defeat of rival Maya kingdom Tikal by the Kaan (“Snake”) kingdom in April 562 AD.  He records all of his father’s major period endings, but omits that of his half-brother.  One of K’an II’s most important monuments is the Naranjo Hieroglyphic Stairway.  He reputedly died on July 21, 658 AD.

Source:  Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube, Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens, (London: Thames & Hudson, 2000).
Graphic:  Zykasaa at the Lithuanian language Wikipedia, 4/5/2009.  Permissive use pursuant to:  GNU Free Documentation License and the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

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