Ahkal Moʼ Nahb I

Ahkal Moʼ Nahb I,[N 1] also known as Chaacal and Akul Anab I, (July 5, 465 – November 29, 524), was an ajaw of the Maya city of Palenque. He ruled from June 5, 501 AD to his death.[N 2][1]

Ahkal Moʼ Nahb I
King of Palenque
Reign3 June 501 – 29 November 524
PredecessorBʼutz Aj Sak Chiik
Title next held by Kʼan Joy Chitam I (529)
Born5 July 465
Died29 November 524(524-11-29) (aged 59)
IssueKʼan Joy Chitam I (possibly)
Father"Casper" (possibly)
ReligionMaya religion
SignatureAhkal Moʼ Nahb I's signature


Ahkal Moʼ Nahb I is the earliest recorded ruler of Palenque whose exact dates of birth, accession and death have been verified. He was possibly the younger brother of his immediate predecessor, Bʼutz Aj Sak Chiik.[1] For unknown reasons Ahkal Moʼ Nahbʼ is mentioned several times in official narratives left by Pacal the Great, who ruled Palenque a century later. It is believed Pacal considered Ahkal Moʼ Naabʼ I a particularly important historical figure or his ancestor.[2]


  1. ^ The ruler's name, when transcribed is a-ku-AL MOʼNA꞉B, translated "Turtle Macaw Lake?".
  2. ^ These are the dates indicated on the Maya inscriptions in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, Born: 5 Ajaw 3 Sek, Acceded: 5 Kaban 0 Sotzʼ and Died: 5 Kaban 5 Mak.


  1. ^ a b Skidmore, Joel (2010). The Rulers of Palenque (PDF) (Fifth ed.). Mesoweb Publications. p. 20. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  2. ^ Skidmore, Joel (2010). The Rulers of Palenque (PDF) (Fifth ed.). Mesoweb Publications. p. 24. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
Regnal titles
Preceded by Ajaw of Palenque
June 3, 501 – November 29, 524
Succeeded by
title next held by Kʼan Joy Chitam I (529)