The Archaeologic Site at Yaxha

Trip Start May 07, 2007
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Trip End May 24, 2007


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Flag of Guatemala  , Petén,
Friday, May 18, 2007

    The Yaxha archaeological site is a pretty impressive one. and is believed to be the third=largest Mayan Site in Guatemala.   Yaxha is an active site in various stages of discovery, and here we observed as archaeologists  work to free centuries of Mayan history
from the verdant grip of the jungle.


    The city/site has more than 500 structures including 40 stelae, 13 Altars, 9 temple pyramids and a network of causeways.  Many of the temples are still not fully excavated and you can only see mounds which still have to be cleared of vegetation and dirt. 

    Yaxha was a bustling Mayan trade and ceremonial hub located about 20 miles from Tikal, one of the greatest centers of Mayan culture. It is now within the largest protected area in Guatemala, the “Maya Biosphere,” which includes Tikal National Park and a series of smaller national parks and protected areas. More than 1,500 years ago, Mayan priest-kings built scores of pyramids just tall enough to poke above the jungle here and reach the cooling breezes of the lake. They also carved stone monuments, constructed handball courts, and laid out the streets of their city in a grid pattern.
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