Monumento 6 de Tortuguero

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The disturbing reference to December 21, 2012

The Tortuguero Stela 6 is a tombstone that consists of three rectangular pieces that form a T-shape, which was a symbol for the wind among the Mayans. The archaeological site where it was found is not open to visitors. The stela is on display in the recently remodeled “Carlos Pellicer Cámara” Regional Anthropology Museum in the city of Villahermosa, in the state capital of Tabasco.

The piece is important due to its unique inscription, similar to another one that was recently found in Comalcalco, referring to the end of the 13th baktún, which corresponds to December 21st, 2012. It mentions the battles, victories, and events of ruler Balam Ahau during the 7th Century A.D. and the descent of the god Bolom Yokte “Lord of the Light”, at the moment in which the current cycle ends.

The Mayans always celebrated the ending of periods as we celebrate anniversaries, lustrums, decades, centennials, or bicentennials of an historical event today.

This monument was found in the archaeological zone near the “El Tortuguero” Mountain. Back in its day, Tortuguero was an important center for Mayan culture, as it was a strategic point for the submission of cities to the Palenque government, the ceremonial and administrative center, of which little information is known about after raids. It reached its golden age during the 7th and 8th Century, when Tortuguero conquered Comalcalco and brought it under the dominion of Palenque.

Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00
How to arrive

From the center of Villahermosa, take Coronel Gregorio Mendez Magaña Avenue towards the southwest to reach the Carlos Pellicer Cámara Beltway. Take the beltway on the right, the museum is building number 511.


Map and address

“Carlos Pellicer Cámara” Regional Anthropology Museum, on the 511 Carlos Pellicer Cámara Beltway, Villahermosa, Tabasco.