K'inich Ahkal Mo' Naab' III

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K'inich Ahkal Mo' Naab' III
King of Palenque
Family tree of K'inich Ahkal Mo' Naab' III
Wife Lady Men Nik
Issue K'inich K'uk' Bahlam II
Father Tiwol Chan Mat
Mother Lady Kinuw
Born 13 September 678
Died c. 730 (aged 51–52)

K'inich Ahkal Mo' Naab' III (13 September 678 – c. 730) was a monarch of the Maya city-state of Palenque. He took the throne on 3 January 722 and reigned at least into 729; his date of death is unknown.

Before his full Mayan language name was deciphered, he was referred to as Chaacal III.


Ahkal Mo' Naab' was born in 678 A.D., during the reign of his grandfather, Palenque's long-lived ruler K'inich Janaab' Pakal. Often referred to as "Pakal the Great", this ruler righted a kingdom that had been destabilized by enemy attacks and oversaw a building program that culminated in the Temple of the Inscriptions. His son K'inich Kan B'alam II constructed the magnificent temples of the Cross Group. Between them they left many inscriptions detailing Palenque history.[1] Ahkal Mo' Naab' became king in 721.

His construction program rivaled that of his predecessors. In the newly discovered inscriptions of Temple XIX he contributed enormously to the surviving records of Palenque history. The buildings associated with Ahkal Mo' Naab' are Group IV, Temple XVIII, Temple XXI and Temple XVI.


Ahkal Mo' Naab' was born to Prince Tiwol Chan Mat and Lady Kinuw. He was married to Lady Men Nik and was succeeded by his son King K'inich K'uk' Bahlam II.

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