Takalik Abaj is a pre-Columbian archaeological site in Guatemala. It is
one of several Mesoamerican sites with both Olmec and Maya features.
The site flourished in the Preclassic and Classic periods, from the 9th
century BC through to at least the 10th century AD, and was an
important centre of commerce, trading with Kaminaljuyu and Chocolá.
Investigations have revealed that it is one of the largest sites with
sculptured monuments on the Pacific coastal plain. Olmec-style
sculptures include a possible colossal head, petroglyphs and others.
The site has one of the greatest concentrations of Olmec-style
sculpture outside of the Gulf of Mexico. Takalik Abaj is representative
of the first blossoming of Maya culture that had occurred by about 400
BC. The site includes a Maya royal tomb and examples of Maya
hieroglyphic inscriptions that are among the earliest from the Maya
region. Excavation is continuing at the site; the monumental
architecture and persistent tradition of sculpture in a variety of
styles suggest the site was of some importance. Finds from the site
indicate contact with the distant metropolis of Teotihuacan in the
Valley of Mexico and imply that Takalik Abaj was conquered by it or its
allies. Takalik Abaj was linked to long-distance Maya trade routes that
shifted over time but allowed the city to participate in a trade
network that included the Guatemalan highlands.
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