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toniná, chiapas,mayan ruins a pyramid 75 meters high

A pyramid 75 meters high, larger than the Sun in Teotihuacan, is explored by specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) on the Acropolis of Tonina, Chiapas, which has a thousand 700 years old.

Emily Gallagher, director of the archaeological zone, explained that the work is performed for two years and through three-dimensional map was found in the northeast sector of the site is "one of the largest buildings in Mesoamerica, only comparable with other Maya area located in Tikal and El Mirador in Guatemala. "

A pyramid on the terrace of the Acropolis 5 Toniná.

Location within Mesoamerica
Coordinates: 16 ° 54'4 .39 "N 92 ° 0'34 .83" W / 16.9012194 ° N 92.009675 ° W / 16.9012194, -92.009675
Country: Mexico
Region: Chiapas
Location: Ocosingo
Nearest town: Ocosingo
Culture: Maya
Period: Classic
Abandoned: 10 th century AD
Excavation and maintenance
Agency responsible: INAH
Excavated dates: 1972-1975, 1979-1980
Archaeologists notables: Pierre Becquelin, Baudez Claude, Juan Yadeun
Architectural styles: Classic Maya
Dolphin (or Toniná in Spanish spelling) is a pre-Columbian archaeological site of the ruined city of the Maya civilization located in what is now the Mexican state of Chiapas, about 13 km (8.1 miles) east of the city Ocosingo.

The site is medium to large, pyramidal groups established on the terraces rising about 71 meters (233 feet) above a plaza, a large yard for playing the Mesoamerican ballgame, and more than 100 carved monuments more, dating from 6 to 9 centuries century AD, duiring the Classic period. Toniná is distinguished by its well-preserved stucco sculptures and in particular for its monuments carved in the round ", produced in a way not seen in Mesoamerica since the end of the Olmec civilization much earlier.

Toniná was an aggressive state in the Late Classic, using the war to develop a powerful kingdom. For most of its history, was engaged Toniná sporadic war with Palenque, its biggest rival, and one of the most important political units in the west of the Maya region, Tonina, but eventually became the dominant town west.

The city features the last known date Long has no Maya monument, which marks the end of the Maya Classic period, in 909.

It is located very near the town of Ocosingo, west of what survives of the legendary Lacandon Jungle.
Getting There:

To visit the archaeological site of Toniná must travel 12 km of paved road northeast of the town of Ocosingo, which is 86 km from San Cristobal de las Casas by State Highway 199, and 103 km from Palenque on the same road .


Varies according to altitude, however, the prevailing hot and humid.

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