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September 28 2012

Tikal: Capital of Mayan Civilization


The ancient Mayan city of Tikal, in modern-day Guatemala, flourished between roughly 600 B.C. and A.D. 900. Starting out as a modest series of hamlets, it would become a great Mayan city-state with more than two dozen major pyramids.

Tikal is a recent Mayan name that means “at the waterhole.” It was named this long after its collapse. Today, Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites in Central America and is encompassed by Tikal National Park.

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