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Mundo Perdido (or Lost World) was named by early European explorers at Tikal because it's atmosphere reminded them of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's (of 'Sherlock Holmes' fame) 1912 novel "The Lost World" dealing with a scientific expedition to the Amazon.
Located directly south of Temple III and not very far from Temple IV, this complex of structures is the oldest of all in Tikal, dating back to before 500 BC, and is probably the original centre of this entire site. Researchers believe that it was developed to celebrate various celestial and calendar events, rather than acting as a monument to the dead, as were the later large Temples.
The photo shows the main structure, known as the "Great Pyramid of the Lost World", a four-sided pyramid standing 100-ft (30-m) high, which includes masks and stairways on all four sides. This pyramid never had a temple at its summit, so it made an excellent platform for our sunset viewing (see my 'Nightlife' tips). Because of its significance for the calendar-worshipping Mayans, this ancient site was preserved by them instead of being completely built over through the centuries, the fate that befell many other locations in Tikal.
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