Nonfiction | September 01, 1988

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The account given below is of one field season in the life of an archaelogical project located in the Maya lowlands of Guatemala.  Rio Azul is the modern name of the ancient city where we worked for five years in an attempt to understand how the place had functioned as well as the special features of its history.

The ancient city of Rio Azul, located along a river of the same name, was once an administrative center for the region, as well as a frontier fortress.  It was a part of an ancient Maya regional state whose captial was the very much larger city of Tikal.  Its great days were between about 250 and 850 AD, although pioneer farmers occupied the area long before that.

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