Tikal: North Acropolis
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Tikal: North Acropolis [January 17, 1999]

"The Classic Maya use of free-standing sculpture was restricted to low relief compositions upon tall slabs and prisms of stone (called stelae by transfer from Greek archaeology) as well as on low blocks, drums, and boulders, often associated with the stelae. The term altar is a misleading transfer from European liturgy, where it conveys a table of sacrifice, rather than the pedestal of rank it signified for Maya peasants and nobles. At Tikal the stelae are aligned like gravestones along the sides of the courts, but they do not stand at the center."

Kubler, p. 248