Proyecto Nacional Tikal


The Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal), in the Peten region in Northern Guatemala, comprises an area of 576 sq km (222sq mi). The park contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya Civilization. Excavated by Pennsylvania University between 1956 and 1969 Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent. Excavation and restoration in Tikal continued under the Proyecto Nacional Tikal, University of San Carlos in Guatemala and IDAEH (Instituto de Antropologia e Historia) unveiling more wonders than may be imagined. The Institute manages the park. Many mounds covered by a thick layer of jungle for over one thousand years have been left untouched as found by archaeologists. Restoration continued to this day.

It wasn't until the late 1970s that the Proyecto Nacional Tikal was organized. Five hundred men and 18 archaeologists studied "the Lost World." Studies, excavation and large-scale consolidations were funded completely by the Guatemalan Government. Guatemalan authorities had a great foresight vision of a tourism development, which included archaeological excavation and restoration in Tikal, as well as the construction of an international airport near Flores, and a road that connected the airport to the site.

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