Temple A3 rises in tiers with a broad stairway on the plaza side. At the base of the stairs was a carved limestone altar for a unique offering. It depicted a person seating on the throne speaking to another individual, kneeling before him.
The original addition of plaster masks on the stair-side outsets of A3 and the existence of elite residences and construction of temples indicate the first evidence that in 450 A.D. the developed institution of kingship existed at Altun Ha.
Photo captured November 16, 2011.
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