Tikal Archaeological Site is one of the most important Mayan sites in the region.
During its heyday Tikal was the capital of one of the most powerful city states.
Archeological digs still continue, but scientists already uncovered over three
thousands buildings of various sizes. Some of the most interesting sites of
Tikal Archaeological Site include six large pyramids in the historic center that date back to VII-
VIII centuries. In addition to traditional notation Roman numerals that
archeologists usually give to major buildings, these temples received romantic
names including Temple of Jaguar, Temple of Masks, Temple of Inscriptions and
Tikal Archaeological Site is an unique place among other Mayan sites. In addition to
its historic and archaeological significance, Tikal is also famous for its
extensive work on conservation of rare and endangered species of wild animals
such as ocelots, peccaries, monkeys, parrots and jaguars.
History of Tikal Archaeological Site
Current site of Tikal Archaeological Site was first settled in the 4th century
BC. It became most powerful and influential in the seventh and eight centuries,
when most of major temples were constructed.