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King Pakal

  • Birth Mar 603
  • Death Aug 683
  • Burial Mexico City, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • Memorial ID 12150

Mayan King Pakal. Reigned from 615 to 683 AD, during the golden age of Mayan expansion. Credited with constructing most of what is now called Palenque ruins, including the giant Temple of the Inscriptions. In 1952 archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier discovered Pakal's sarcophagus deep inside the temple, down a hidden staircase. Several seated skeletons found around him are assumed to be ritual sacrificial victims. The sarcophagus lid gained brief fame after Erich von Daniken proposed that it depicted an astronaut in a space capsule. Pakal's bones and burial artifacts are now housed in the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City. Lhuillier, who excavated the site during the 40's and 50's, is buried in the ruins, near the park entrance.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 3 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12150
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for King Pakal (Mar 603–Aug 683), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12150, citing National Anthropology Museum, Mexico City, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Distrito Federal, Mexico ; Maintained by Find A Grave .