Visual Timeline: Tikal
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300 BCE: First recorded settlement at Tikal.
250 BCE: The first structures are built on the North Acropolis, Tikal.
100 BCE - 50 BCE: The earliest known Maya murals are painted at San Bartolo, Guatemala.
250 CE - 950 CE: The Classic Maya Period which saw the height of the Maya Civilization in cities such as Chichen Itza, Palenque, Tikal, Copan and Uxmal.
292 CE: The oldest known Maya stela is produced at Tikal.
378 CE: First contact between Teotihuacan and Tikal.
420 CE: Death of Maya ruler Yax Nuun Ayiin 'Curl Nose' at Tikal.
562 CE: Caracol embarks on a period of expansion and defeats Tikal .
682 CE - 734 CE: Reign of Jasaw Chan K'awiil at Tikal.
695 CE: Tikal defeats rival Maya city Calakmul.
727 CE: Temple I at Tikal is completed and will be used as the tomb of ruler Jasaw Chan K'awiil.
734 CE - 746 CE: Reign of Maya ruler Yax Kin at Tikal who would be buried inside Temple IV.
900 CE: Maya Tikal is definitively abandoned.