David Stuart has just posted his latest view of Monument 6 at Tortuguero. He concludes that Stephen Houston’s earlier interpretation is correct. Stuart says that “it’s important to reiterate that Monument 6 never featured the 2012 period ending, except to refer to the future Bak’tun ending in order to temporally orient a more significant here-and-now happening of Tortuguero’s local history. Above all — and not surprisingly given what we know about Maya texts — Monument 6 was a lengthy document on the historical and ritual life of the local ruler B’ahlam Ajaw, highlighting the building and dedication of some important ritual structure he commissioned.”
I will cover Stuart’s book The Order of Days at a later time (we still have Calleman’s “end date” to deal with before the supposedly “real” one). I will particularly focus on his interesting interpretation of how the Long Count actually worked. In short, he argues that the Long Count we usually see in inscriptions (with five temporal units) actually is a short-hand version where the periods above baktun are omitted in most cases.