Massive Mayan Metropolis

For centuries, the forests of Guatemala have hidden an impressive Mayan city until recently: “El Mirador.” In its day, it was the rival of the famous city of Tikal and one of the most powerful Mayan-city states in the Yucatan. Dating back more than 2.500 years, it is also one of the oldest Mayan cities ever found. Now, scholars and archaeologists are just beginning the daunting process of exploring this massive city. Smithsonian Magazine ran an intriguing feature article on “El Mirador” last May and you click here to read it.

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James Blake Wiener is the Communications Director at Ancient History Encyclopedia. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor, James is chiefly interested in cross-cultural exchange, world history, and international relations. Aside from his work at AHE, James is an avid Arabist, devotee of romance languages (French, Portuguese, and Spanish), reggaetoñero, and fan of ice hockey.