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My Trip to Tikal and the Ancient Ruins of Mexico & Guatemala in 2001 - Picture Page 22

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Tikal
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Temple III is approximately 180 feet high and might have been built around 810 A.D.





Altar 7


This young man is practicing the ancient Maya ritual of leaf blowing the jungle floor. It helps to keep things neat.





Central Acropolis
It is approximately 700 feet long and covers four acres.




Central Acropolis, Structures 54, 53 and 128, Structure 52 in background




A blending of the two previous photos.


Central Acropolis, Structure 46 - Late Classic period


Great Jaguar Claw's Palace in the Central Acropolis.



A blending of the two previous photos.












Stela 21, in front of the Temple of Inscriptions. It lists King Yik'in Chan K'awiil (Sun Sky Rain) ascent to the Tikal throne in 734.

Per Wikipedia: Stela 21 was dedicated in 736 by Yik'in Chan K'awiil. Only the bottom of the stela is intact, the rest having been mutilated in ancient times. The surviving sculpture is of fine quality, consisting of the feet of a figure and of accompanying hieroglyphic text. The stela is associated with Altar 9 and is located in front of Temple VI.




The Temple of Inscriptions. Structure 6F-27. The inscriptions have deteriorated almost to the point of being unreadable. It was believed to be built around 766 A.D.














Structure 5D-43

Per Wikipedia: Structure 5D-43 is an unusual radial temple in the East Plaza, built over a pre-exiting twin pyramid complex. It is built into the end of the East Plaza Ballcourt and possessed four entry doorways and three stairways, the fourth (south) side was too close to the Central Acropolis for a stairway on that side. The building has a talud-tablero platform profile, modified from the original style found at Teotihuacan. In fact, it has been suggested that the style of the building has closer affinities with El Tajin and Xochicalco than with Teotihuacan itself. The vertical tablero panels are set between sloping talud panels and are decorated with paired disc symbols. Large flower symbols are set into the sloping talud panels, related to the Venus and star symbols used at Teotihuacan. The roof of the structure was decorated with friezes although only fragments now remain, showing a monstrous face, perhaps that of a jaguar, with another head emerging from the mouth. The second head possesses a bifurcated tongue but is probably not that of a snake. The temple, and its associated ballcourt, probably date to the reign of Nuun Ujol Chaak or that of his son Jasaw Chan K'awiil I, in the later part of the 7th century.



Structure 5D-43 with Temple 1 in background.











A blending of the three previous photos.




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