This sculpted image of a parrot would also have been attached to the walls of the 700-year-old Mayan council house.
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Credit: Photo by Timothy Pugh
The Maya council house had two altars, each of which originally had a sculpted turtle on it. When a cycle of time ended the Chakan Itza (the Maya people…Read More »
who lived here) destroyed the altars and covered the council house with a layer of dirt. The Chakan Itza then would have moved their seat of power to a new location. This may have taken place about 500 years ago. [Read full story] Less «
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Lake Peten Itza
Credit: Image courtesy of NASA
The site of Nixtun-Ch'ich' is located near the southwestern tip of Lake Petén Itzá, a satellite image of which is seen here.
The Spanish conquered the Petén region by the end of the 17th century. The Itza suffered many casualties from this conquest and diseases introduced from…Read More »
Europe. However the Itza, along with other Mayan people, persevered and live on to present day. Many of them now speak Spanish, but the Itza language is still spoken by a few individuals. This image shows Lake Petén Itzá. [Read full story] Less «