Tikal Timeline

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  • c. 300 BCE
    First recorded settlement at Tikal.
  • c. 250 BCE
    The first structures are built on the North Acropolis, Tikal.
  • c. 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.
  • c. 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.
  • c. 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.
  • c. 900 CE
    Maya Tikal is definitively abandoned.