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El Asintal, Retalhuleu, Guatemala — Central America
 

Plaza Tukur Balam

 
 
Plaza Tukur Balam Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
1. Plaza Tukur Balam Marker
Inscription.  
Los mayas como grandes arquitectos y escultores, construyeron en esta plaza cinco estructuras en forma ordenada en los extremos este y oeste, creando así un espacio con función ceremonial en su recorrido, como una singular característica el visitante podrá apreciar los 4 estilos escultóricos presentes en Tak´alik Ab´aj.

Pie de dibjuos:
Jaguar
Frag. de Altar 9
Altar 8
Estela 5
Búho

English translation:
As skilled architects and sculptors, the Maya constructed five structures in an orderly form on the east and west sides of this plaza. This created a space with a ceremonial function. During the tour visitors can appreciate the four styles of sculpture present in Tak´alik Ab´aj.

Captions:
Jaguar sculpture
A fragment of Altar 9
Altar 8
Stela 5
Owl sculpture
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans.
 
Location. 14° 38.168′ N, 91° 44.023′ W. Marker is in El Asintal
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, Retalhuleu. Km. 199, Tak'alik Ab'aj Archaeological Park, Reserva Natural Privada Santa Margarita, Municipio El Asintal. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Asintal, Retalhuleu 11009, Guatemala. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sweat Lodge (here, next to this marker); Structure 11 (within shouting distance of this marker); Guacalitos Station (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Tanmi Tnam Plaza (about 210 meters away); Piecitos Station (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Stela 18 Station (approx. 0.4 kilometers away).
 
Regarding Plaza Tukur Balam. Tak'alik Ab'aj is the oldest known Mayan site, dating from 900 BCE, and was continuously inhabited until ca. 1000. The site is unique in that it has many examples of Olmec influence on early Mayan culture.
 
Plaza Tukur Balam Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
2. Plaza Tukur Balam Marker
Marker to the far right of the partially reconstructed pyramid (Structure 12).
Owl sculpture at Plaza Tukur Balam image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
3. Owl sculpture at Plaza Tukur Balam
Plaza Tukur Balam Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
4. Plaza Tukur Balam Marker
Guide standing to the side of Stela 5 and Altar 8.
Jaguar sculpture at Plaza Tukur Balam image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
5. Jaguar sculpture at Plaza Tukur Balam
Plaza Tukur Balam Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 29, 2015
6. Plaza Tukur Balam Marker
View of Structure 12 from the north.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 7, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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