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.
Earliest known human presence at Caracol
Earliest known human presence at Caracol, modern Belize.
First Mayan ritual structures built at Caracol, including the Temple of the Wooden Lintel and locus B34 burial.
Caracol defeats Tikal and assumes leadership of the region. It will flourish through the 8th century.
Caracol is abandoned; begins to be absorbed by jungle
Caracol is abandoned and begins to be absorbed by the jungle.
Rediscovery of Caracol
The Mayan city of Caracol in Belize, abandoned since 1050, is rediscovered in the jungle by a woodcutter.
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.