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Tamarindito is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization located along an escarpment in the Petén department of Guatemala.

Tamarindito is thought to have been the capital of a ruling lineage in the Early Classic Petexbatún, it was conquered in the Late Classic by the new kingdom that had established itself at Dos Pilas. It must have posed a threat, given the oversight function established at the nearby center of Arroyo de Piedra. This site formed a polity with Arroyo de Piedra, sharing the same emblem glyph.[1] Tamarindito is a small site with more than 140 structures and also shows, 8 Stelas and 2 altars, a ball court for the Mesoamerican ballgame and a hieroglyphic staircase named the "Prisoner Staircase" that relates the defeat and capture of the Dos Pilas ruler, this polity have strong links with Machaquilá to the east. The site also features a dam made during the Middle Classic that shows an intensive agricultural system. the Lagoon has been the object of interesting paleontological investigations that have shown traces of occupation since the Middle Pre Classic to the Terminal Classic.


  1. ^ Martin & Grube 1994, p.9.


Martin, Simon and Grube, Nikolai (1994) Evidence for Macro-Political Organization Amongst Classic Maya Lowland States, Preliminary Version, London and Bonn. Downloaded from Mesoweb in January 2009.

Coordinates: 16°27′N 90°14′W / 16.45°N 90.23°W / 16.45; -90.23



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