K'an Joy Chitam I

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K'an Joy Chitam I
King of Palenque
Glifo maya de K'an Joy Chitam I en el tablero del Templo de la Cruz en Palenque.jpg
Glyph of K'an Joy Chitam I at Temple of the Cross Tablet
Reign February 25, 529 – February 8, 565
Predecessor Interregnum, title last held by Ahkal Mo' Naab' I (524)
Successor Ahkal Mo' Naab' II
Born (490-05-04)May 4, 490
Died February 8, 565(565-02-08) (aged 74)

K'an Joy Chitam I (May 4, 490 – February 8, 565) was a ruler of the Maya city-state of Palenque. He took the throne on February 25, 529 at age 34, ending an interregnum that had lasted for a little over four years.[1]


K'an Joy Chitam I ruled until his death in 565 at age 74.

The biography of this king is significant for the fact that he lived to be almost seventy-five, a ripe old age by Precolumbian standards.

He was possibly a father of Ahkal Mo' Naab' II.

K'an Joy Chitam was previously referred to as K'an Hoy Chitam.


  1. ^ The Proceedings of the Maya Hieroglyphic Workshop. March 13–14, 1993, by Linda Schele and Peter Mathews (1993), transcribed and edited by Phil Wanyerka; published by the University of Texas at Austin.

Preceded by
Title last held by Ahkal Mo' Naab' I (524)
King of Palenque
February 25, 529 – February 8, 565
Succeeded by
Ahkal Mo' Naab' II

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