Deep in the primeval forest of Guatemala
lies the oldest "Maya Metropolis".
Data was found in the city that go back up to the 8th century B.C.
On a ruin zone of 16 square kilometers, around 3000 buildings were
The population is guessed to have been up to 120,000 people.
Till today the archeologists still didn't find out
what the sudden disappearance of the Mayas was.
Here on top of Temple 1 one has
a view into a different world.
The skyscrapers of a modern city
rise up to 70m pyramids above the treetops. Even today only
a fraction of the huge area of Tikal is discovered and researched. This
"deficit" applies to the whole
southamerican continent. We are currently at the beginning of the discovery
of South America's
primitive cultures. Even the Maya writing is still not totally decyphered,
contrary to what a few experts think!
At the main place, where the huge
buildings met each other, the ceremonial life of the
inhabitants took place. Why did the people build such a gigantic city?
Huge cisterns for water supply had to be built in order to supply the
the huge lake Peten Itza was situated only 40km away. Tikal was built
as a holy place for
the primitive people. The following was decyphered on a stele:
came the gods from the stars down to the earth!"
A stele, found in the rubble of
the city, shows a
figure with probably technical equipment.
Maya experts comment that a "pipe" from the head
leading to a box on the leg is a spinal column.
the Maya peninsula (very good photos)
with the Mayas" (W. J. Langbein)
Panorama in Tikal (Guatemala)
brass of Palenque