Talk:La Blanca, Peten

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March 29, 2012Good article nomineeListed
A fact from this article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the "Did you know?" column on November 2, 2010.
The text of the entry was: Did you know ... that the Maya city of La Blanca in northern Guatemala features an unusually well built palace complex for such a small city?

GA ReviewEdit

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Reviewer: MathewTownsend (talk · contribs) 15:11, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

I'm beginning the review - will add as I go along. Any copy editing I do you are free to revert.

  • lede
  • smooth out wording e.g. "been dated" is repeated a lot. The prose is a little clunky.
I've reworded various bits of the intro, hopefully it reads a bit smoother now. Simon Burchell (talk) 22:26, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Location
  • "La Blanca is accessed by a dirt road leading 17 kilometres (11 mi) to the Flores to Melchor de Mencos highway, which it joins at La Pólvora." - I couldn't quite make sense of this.
I've rephrased it - it should be a bit clearer now. Simon Burchell (talk) 22:28, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
  • repetition of "the Archeological site" two sentences in a row.
I've cut the 2nd instance of "archaeological". Simon Burchell (talk) 22:30, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
  • "The agricultural land closest to the ruins is largely dedicated to livestock grazing, particularly cattle and horses." - who lives there now?
No-one that I could see - just a vast expanse of ranchland, that's not specifically mentioned in the sources though (but the location section does say "The site occupies a small pocket of forest amongst an extensive region of cleared agricultural land"). I've dropped in a photo of the area to give an idea. Simon Burchell (talk) 22:35, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
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No idea, the sources certainly don't day - I'll have a quick google to see if any of the local ranches has an internet presence, but I doubt it, the area is pretty remote. Simon Burchell (talk) 22:54, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

(will continue) MathewTownsend (talk) 20:20, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

I couldn't find anything, my map of Guatemala has the "Sal Si Puedes" ranch marked about 4km away, but the finca doesn't have any website I could find. Simon Burchell (talk) 23:05, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
ok. MathewTownsend (talk) 23:15, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

GA review-see WP:WIAGA for criteria (and here for what they are not)

  1. Is it reasonably well written?
    A. Prose: clear and concise, correct spelling and grammar: 
    Well written, clear.
    B. Complies with MoS for lead, layout, words to watch, fiction, and list incorporation:  
  2. Is it factually accurate and verifiable?
    A. Provides references to all sources:  
    B. Provides in-line citations from reliable sources where necessary:  
    C. No original research:  
  3. Is it broad in its coverage?
    A. Main aspects are addressed:  
    B. Remains focused:  
  4. Does it follow the neutral point of view policy.
    Fair representation without bias:  
  5. Is it stable?
    No edit wars, etc:  
  6. Does it contain images to illustrate the topic?
    A. Images are copyright tagged, and non-free images have fair use rationales:  
    B. Images are provided where possible and appropriate, with suitable captions:  
  7. Overall:
    Pass or Fail:  
    Very nice article!
Thanks Mathew! All the best, Simon Burchell (talk) 19:16, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

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Naming of La Blanca, PetenEdit

When, by whom and why is this site currently called La Blanca, Peten. Modern history mysteriously covers prior names, but no mention of why it was changed to current site name. Nor found anywhere else on the page.

  • 1905 - Teoberto Maler - marked it as El Castillito
  • 1913 - Raymond E. Merwin - renamed it as Chac-Ha

So far so good, but than nothing until 1980 when Ian Graham published his prior years work. Did they rename it, or was it already renamed prior? Attempted to look in refs provided, but either not given, or my limited spanish I missed it (likely the later).

Also an important reason wondering why, how is this related to the other Maya cite La Blanca or is it not related at all. Mere coincidence, hard to tell given is no info about why this (or the other for that matter) site was named. Kevin "Hawk" Fisher (talk) 16:19, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

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