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This important Mayan city flourished in the 6th century and now lies in ruins in western Belize near Guatemala. Hidden in the jungle until 1937 and still being excavated, it contains pyramids, tombs and Mayan art.

Go Historic ID
319300
Short URL
gohist.co/319300
Names
Caracol
Address

Caracol, Belize
Coordinates
16.763177° N, 89.117768° W
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Timeline

-900
Earliest known human presence at Caracol

Earliest known human presence at Caracol, modern Belize.

70

First Mayan ritual structures built at Caracol, including the Temple of the Wooden Lintel and locus B34 burial.

150

Another elaborate burial is added to locus B34 at Caracol.

331

Founding of the Caracol royal dynasty.

562

Caracol defeats Tikal and assumes leadership of the region. It will flourish through the 8th century.

631

Caracol defeats the rival city of Naranjo.

859

This is the last date to be recorded on a stele at Caracol.

1050
Caracol is abandoned; begins to be absorbed by jungle

Caracol is abandoned and begins to be absorbed by the jungle.

1937
Rediscovery of Caracol

The Mayan city of Caracol in Belize, abandoned since 1050, is rediscovered in the jungle by a woodcutter.

1952

Archaeologists began preliminary studies at Caracol.

1985
Archaeological work begins at Caracol

Dedicated archaeological work begins at Caracol under the leadership of archaeologists Diane Chase and Arlen Chase of the University of Central Florida.

1988

Opening of the site museum at Caracol.

Resources

  1. Caracol Archaeological Project University of Central Florida.
  2. Caracol Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
  3. Mountain Pine Ridge and Caracol Attractions Frommers.com.