Kan Maax

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Kan Maax
Title King of Cancuén
Spouse(s) unknown queen
Parent(s) Tajal Chan Ahk

Kan Maax (fl. 800CE), alternatively transliterated as K'an Maax, has been identified as the last known ruler of Cancuén, a pre-Columbian Maya polity located at the headwaters of the Pasion River in modern-day Guatemala.

In 2005 an archaeological project working at the site reported that a burial with high-status characteristics had been found. The male individual interred within was reportedly identified as Kan Maax from a necklace bearing his name and title in Maya glyphs.[1]

His body was found with the remains of his queen.


  1. ^ Moran & Koumenalis (2005); Skidmore (2005)


Demarest, Arthur A. (2006). The Petexbatun Regional Archaeological Project: A Multidisciplinary Study of the Maya Collapse. Vanderbilt Institute of Mesoamerican Archaeology series, vol. 1. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. ISBN 978-0-8265-1520-9. OCLC 63178772. 
Moran, Melanie; Mimi Koumenalis (2005-11-18). "Royal massacre signals the beginning of the end of the Maya empire". Exploration: Vanderbilt's Online Research Magazine. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
Pérez, Sonia (2005-06-03). "Hallan tumba de familia real de Cancuén: Once presuntos familiares de rey habrían sido muertos en Petén en 850 d. C". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala: Prensa Libre S.A. OCLC 12565005. Archived from the original (online edition) on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
Skidmore, Joel (2005-11-19). "Cancuen in the News". Mesoweb Reports and News. Mesoweb. Retrieved 2008-05-02.