What he doesn't know is that war is on the horizon.
Tikal (tee-KAL) is a ruined Maya city located in the northern Petén province of Guatemala. In 378, the ruling Tikal dynasty was replaced by representatives of the mighty northern city of Teotihuacan: it is unclear if the takeover was military or political.
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At the dawn of the Maya Classic era, Tikal was one of the most important cities in the Maya region.
The Tikal royal lineage traced their roots to Yax Ehb' Xook, a powerful early ruler who lived sometime during the Preclassic period.
Gift giving was never supposed to be this difficult. Time to seek for the last thing he'd ever want to ask anyone in the world... Friends and family can't make him stay, and just as he receives his first real taste of independence, a chance encounter with someone will change his life forever.
But the muscular, enthusiastic, funny red echidna who's been taking care of him? Maybe Shadow will stick around for a while after all.(Minor spoilers for "It Takes a Village to Defeat A Hedgehog") Freedom can only be taken, not given, and Shadow -Prince of the Sun Tribe- is ready and willing to put everything on the line and run away.
Surely the ancient inhabitants of Tikal oriented the great temples es they did for specific reasons, and the order of their construction shows that they follow a basic principle of elite Classic Maya society, one already recognized in Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions and sculpture: that is, the structure of the ruling family.
The relevant temples are the great ones: I, II, HI, IV, V, and the Temple of the Inscriptions (VI) (Fig. Of these six temples, only I and II have been excavated, but the dating of the sequence of construction can be determined for III, IV, and VI, leaving only V without chronological placement.
Tikal bounced back, however, once again becoming a great power.
Population estimates for Tikal at its peak vary: one estimate is that of respected researcher William Haviland, who in 1965 estimated a population of 11,000 in the city center and 40,000 in the surrounding areas.
Tikal was ruled by a powerful dynasty which sometimes, but not always, passed power down from father to son.