By Deborah Kops
Within the Jungle of Chiapas, Mexico, nestled on a thickly wooded ridge, are the traditional ruins of Palenque (pah-LEN-keh). Occupied for numerous hundred years, from four hundred to 800 A.D, it represents the western nearby variation of vintage Maya civilization. it really is believed to be probably the most very important towns of its day through the Mayan interval. The hieroglyphic inscriptions came upon at Palenque have been the muse for the fashionable epigraphic figuring out of the traditional Maya writing method. those inscriptions inform the dynastic historical past of a sequence of rulers the main well-known being Pakal, who's buried in a sarcophagus in a chamber under the Temple of the Inscriptions. the 1st ecu to go to the ruins and submit an account was once Father Pedro Lorenzo de l. a. Nada in 1567. Archaeologists estimate that in basic terms 5 percentage of the whole urban has been exposed.