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Stella 31 Tikal Guatemala Stock Photo1990-1999,Ancient,Architecture,Art And Craft,Built Structure,Carving - Craft Product,Color Image,Creativity,Day,El Peten,Engraving,Famous Place,Guatemala,Indoors,No People,Palace,Photography,Rock - Object,Tikal,Travel Destinations,VerticalPhotographer Luis Castaneda Inc.Collection: The Image Bank 2012©Luis CastañedaPalacio de las Inscripciones. Tikal.Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the city dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily, while interacting with areas throughout Mesoamerica such as the great metropolis of Teotihuacan in the distant Valley of Mexico. There is evidence that Tikal was conquered by Teotihuacan in the 4th century AD. Following the end of the Late Classic Period, no new major monuments were built at Tikal and there is evidence that elite palaces were burned. These events were coupled with a gradual population decline, culminating with the siteâ??s abandonment by the end of the 10th century.