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Ceibal, Sayaxche

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Seibal, known as El Ceibal in Spanish, is a Classic Period archaeological site of the Maya civilization located in the northern Petén Department of Guatemala. It was the largest city in the Pasión River region.The site was occupied from the Preclassic Period through to the Terminal Classic, with a significant hiatus. The principal phase of occupation dates to the Late Preclassic (400 BC - AD 200), followed by a decline in the Early Classic (AD 200 - 600). Seibal experienced a significant recovery in the Terminal Classic immediately prior to its complete abandonment, reaching its second peak from about 830 to 890, with a population estimated at 8 - 10,000 people. The dates on the stelae at Seibal are unusually late, with monuments still being dedicated after the Classic Maya collapse had engulfed most of the Petén region. Many of Seibal's late monuments show artistic influence from central Mexico and from the Gulf Coast of Mexico.The early history of the site is lost due to the catastrophic defeat of the polity in AD 735 by the nearby Petexbatun kingdom with its capital at Dos Pilas, resulting in the destruction of its earlier sculpted monuments. Seibal was reduced to being a vassal state until the destruction of the Petexbatun kingdom in the late 8th century AD. In AD 830 a new elite installed itself at the site with the arrival of Wat'ul Chatel from Ucanal to the east. This new arrival reinvigorated Seibal and allowed it to last to the dawn of the 10th century, well after the Classic Maya collapse had engulfed most of the region.
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  • This site is worth visiting before others because there is little to see. However, access by boat, climb through the forest are very pleasant moments and together form a whole that we enjoyed. We found a team of archaeologists in full search which is always very interesting. The path from the river's slope (reasonable) and often slippery.
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  • I am a bit confused from Ceibal. There are lots of things on map of the area but you can see or imagine only some of them. Mostly its a jungle. Nice jungle And with everything what belongs to jungle: ...  more »
  • This place is worth the trip. The people are super nice and the place is shocking. This was an amazing experience for my girlfriend and me. #PerhapsYouNeedALittleGuatemala  more »

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