Dating sites in the quad cities
The 1988-1989 field seasons researched the southeast section of the site, between the Conchita and Pajaro-Romonal Causeways, to determine the impact of the Tikal-Naranjo wars.From 1994 to 1996, the project focused investigations in the northeast section of the site (near the Puchituk terminus) which showed great time depth dating to the Middle Preclassic, and on the growth and cohesion of the site during Caracol’s two major periods of aggression.After the AD 798 date, the site core is still prosperous, yet shows less cohesion between the center and outlying areas.Warfare event credited to K’inich Joy K'awil on Stela 11 (erected AD 800), indicating the capture of eight captives; then in 800 CE, K’inich Joy K'awiil captured the lord of Ucanal. K’inich Toobil Yopaat’s accession date is not certain (c.and within this area, structures are generally situated equidistantly and are integrated with the terrace system.The town grew into one of the largest ancient Maya cities, covering some 177 km² with an estimated population of over 100,000 The Caracol was officially founded in AD 331 (8..4) by Te’ K’ab Chaak.It rests on the Vaca Plateau at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains.
K’an II commissioned more monuments than any other ruler, and ushered in the ‘golden age’ of Caracol.Mai reported the site to the archaeological commission for British Honduras, today Belize. The site was first noted and documented archaeologically in 1937 by A. During this time Satterthwaite primarily focused on finding and documenting monuments, later removing several stelae and altars to the University Museum.In the early 1980s, Paul Healy of Trent University investigated Caracol’s core area, recording several architectural groups, and noting the extensive terrace systems and high population density for the surrounding area.K'an II performed a ritual of alliance in Calakmul's territory the following January (126.96.36.199.8).In AD 627 (188.8.131.52.5), Lord Kan II attacked Caracol’s sometime ally Naranjo in a hubi (destruction) war event. He then led a star-war against Naranjo in AD 631 (184.108.40.206.3). In AD 637, he celebrated his first reigning k’atun by dedicating the Hieroglyphic Stairway at Naranjo itself.