Str. 22a

Copan: Str. 22A, the Popol Nah or Council House [January 9, 2004]

"Alternating with the mats on the front and back sides of the building were a total of 9 human figures, each seated cross-legged over a large hieroglyph. The hieroglyphs appear to be place-names, possibly the names of once-thriving communities in the kingdon. Above the figures were a series of glyphs which read ahau lil (governance, or act of governing), a symbol much in keeping with the proposed function of this edifice...

The cheiftains portrayed on Structure 10L-22A came to the aid of their ruler, and of their kingdom, at one of its darkest hours. The date of the building's dedication was the Period Ending 9.15.15.0.0 9 Ahau 18 Xul, or 12 June AD 746, as suggested by the numerous examples of '9 Ahau' glyphs fallen from the façade, in keeping with stratigraphic and stylistic evidence. This was only eight years after the death of Ruler 13 [18-Rabbit or Waxaklahun-Ubah-K'awil] the hands of Cauac Sky of Quiriguá. To have their esteemed god-king captured and beheaded by a ruler whose fiefdom had been subservient to Copán was doubtless a shattering defeat, one that would have shaken confidence in the entire religious and political system. The succeeding Ruler 14's apparent response was to draw in his governors and lords to a public meeting house, to portray them prominently on the building's façade, and pay homage to their role in their communities', and their state's, future."

William L. Fash, Scribes, Warriors and Kings: The City of Copán and the Ancient Maya, p. 131-134