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Maya bas-relief depicting a ball player, AD 600 - 750. via @AmericanIndianMuseum

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During the eighth century the ancient Maya made numerous straight-sided ceramic vessels that were painted around the outside with elaborate, multi-figured scenes. Many of the scenes were mythological in content, depicting events that took place in the underworld, the realm of the Lords of Death.

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El Petén and ecotourism: a Guatemalan success story

If you’ve been to Guatemala, you’ve likely visited El Petén. Most travelers head straight to the northernmost department to witness Tikal, the legendary Maya city in the jungle. A sprawling site dotted with thousand-year old pyramidal temples that have been splendidly restored, it is certainly the country’s top attraction, not to mention its biggest source of tourist income.

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Miniature bottleMaya Late Classic Period 600–850 Object Place: Department of El Petén, Guatemala Mold-made, miniature pottery bottle embellished with a scene featuring the Classic Maya deities God K (K’awiil) and God L, which commonly adorn these...

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El Petén and ecotourism: a Guatemalan success story

If you’ve been to Guatemala, you’ve likely visited El Petén. Most travelers head straight to the northernmost department to witness Tikal, the legendary Maya city in the jungle. A sprawling site dotted with thousand-year old pyramidal temples that have been splendidly restored, it is certainly the country’s top attraction, not to mention its biggest source of tourist income.

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Tikal Day Tour Tikal (Tik’al in modern Mayan orthography) is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemalan Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Walk in the forest with scattered Mayan buildings will give you i...

tlatollotl: “ Cache vessel lid Maya Early Classic Period A.D. 400–550 Object Place: Department of El Petén, Guatemala The front of this cache vessel lid is decorated with the face of a supernatural with scroll eyes and a sting ray spine as a front...