Posted by: akschwend | March 26, 2010

Tikal

Seeing history with your own eyes is a major key in understanding the past and how we got here today. I wanted to choose three different sites that are all equally historic but from different parts of the world in hopes to show the differences in cultures of the past and present.

The first site I chose is Tikal, in Guatemala. Built in the 4th century BCE, the structure stands 154 feet tall and has a similar structure to that of the Pyramids of Egypt. Tikal was the center of life around early Latin America, South America, and the Caribbean, (Mesoamerica.) It was dominant in politics, the economy, and the military. By the end of the 4th century CE, Tikal was conquered by neighboring Teotihuacan. The site was abandoned by the end of the 10th century. This is one of the reasons it is still preserved today. Tikal also holds tombs of many of its rulers.

One of my friends had the opportunity to go to Tikal for a class trip to Guatemala and her reaction was: “It is all so beautiful and complex; it is hard to believe that people so long ago could create buildings and even cities that complexly.”

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