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Palenque is one of the most important archaeological sites of southern Mexico. Only partly excavated due to the lush jungle and the mountains around, this archaeological site is considered by many the most beautiful one.
Evidence of occupation dates back to about 100 BC, when the city started out as a small farming village in the Pre-Classic or Formative period. Occupation continued -uninterrupted- throughout the early Classic from 300 to 600 AD. The city grew steadily and eventually turned into a large political center, home to a powerful dynasty, that ruled over most of what are today the Mexican States of Chiapas & Tabasco.
|Palenque is one of the most famous and visited archaeological sites in Mesoamerica. It is the norhtwesternmost city-state in the Maya World, set at the edge of the Yucatan plainlands, at the foot of the first hills that break the flatlands to become the Sierra Madre.
|Palenque is considered one of the most important sites in Ancient America. The Maya were highly developed in civil works and architecture here, and practiced a highly organized religion. The Maya ofPalenque were very rich in arts and crafts.
|The city’s original name in Maya may have been Lakamha’, the Big Water, but the word“Palenque”, meaning “palisade” in Spanish, was the name given by the Spaniards to a small village, built in the XVIth century -unkowingly- 9 kilometers from an ancient Maya site… However, we know that the Kingdom was called B’aakal in the Maya language, which means ‘bone’ and that there was either an earlier city named Toktan, understood as the dynastic founder’s place of origin, an actual place near Palenque or perhaps a mythical place.
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