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  Sue in front of a pyramid and stelae at Complex Q
by Bwana_Brown

After showing our entrance ticket at the gate to the Tikal complex, we had a look at a large map-board showing various trails and where they led. We decided to take the longer 'scenic route' into the centre which would take us past a series of pyramids and rectangular buildings known as Complex Q and R. These two groups of buildings each consist of two pyramids on their East and West ends, two rectangular buildings on the North and South sides and a line of Stelae providing the details of why they were built. The photo shows the row of Stelae behind Sue as she stands in front of one of the uncovered pyramids at 'Q' (some of the structures had not yet been excavated). The stelae detail that this group of temples was among the last to be built at Tikal, in the late Classic period of around 900 AD - and this particular arrangement of buildings only occurs at one other Mayan site (a nearby one that had been conquered by Tikal).

These pyramids were used for ritual celebrations, with access to the top limited to only the ruler and highest priests. Recorded information indicates that the ceremonies were livened-up by dancers in fancy costumes performing on the flat areas on the sides of the pyramid.

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  • Updated Mar 7, 2006
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