MAJOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES: PreClassic to PostClassic
EL MIRADOR-NAKBÉ (circa 150 B.C.-150 A.D.)
While the ruins of Izapa in México and related Pacific coastal sites of Guatemala shed light on the origins of Maya sculpture, El Mirador and Nakbé promise to reveal the secrets of the astounding monumental architecture that would become a hallmark of Maya lowland civilization throughout the Classic period.
El Mirador is located in a remote region of Guatemalas Petén jungle. Long ignored by archaeologists who believed it to be of late date, subsequent research proved that El Mirador dominated much of the Maya lowlands during the Late Preclassic from 150 B.C. to A.D. 150. The site features one of the largest man-made structures in the world. El Tigre is a 57,000 square foot pyramid complex, roughly equivalent to three football fields. The summit features a triad of temples. Click on Image for more detail.
Previous Page | Sites Index | Next Page
Table of Contents
Return to top of page