The first proof of human settlers in Guatemala goes back to 10,000 BC, although there are some evidences not yet clearly proved that put this date at 18,000 BC, some obsidian arrow heads, both the northern "clovis" and southern "fishtail" styles, have been found in different parts of Guatemala such as Piedra Parada near Guatemala city, Chivacabé (TZI’ KAB’ BE’), in Huehuetenango, Chajbal in Quiché, Nahualá in Sololá, and other regions. They were hunters and gatherers. Archaic sites have been documented in Quiché in the Highlands and Sipacate on the central pacific coast line (6500 BC). These early inhabitants hunted mammoths, fished and gathered wild foods. The ice age was followed by a hot, dry period in which the mammoths’ natural pastureland disappeared and the wild nuts and berries became scarce. The primitive inhabitants had to find some other way to survive, so they sought out favorable microclimates and invented agriculture, in which maize (corn) became king. The inhabitants of what are now Guatemala successfully hybridized this native grass (Euchlæna luxurians or teosinte) with Tripsacum spp, obtaining Zea Luxurians, formerly known as Zea Guatemala, and planted it alongside beans, tomatoes, chili peppers and squashes (marrow). They wove baskets to carry in the harvest, and they domesticated turkeys and dogs for food. These early homebodies used crude stone tools and primitive pottery, and shaped simple clay fertility figurines. there is archeological proof in pollen samples from Petén and the Pacific coast that maize crops were developed around 3500 BC.
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Preclassic sites in Guatemala's Highlands and Pacifc Lowlands, note the
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By 2500.BC, small
settlements were developing in Guatemala’s
places as Las Victorias,
La Blanca, Ocós,
others, where the oldest ceramic pottery from Mesoamerica have been
found, indeed the first pottery documented at San Lorenzo, the earliest
Center in Veracruz, is Ocós
style, but dates to some 600 years later (Coe and Diehl
1980; Lowe1977). From 2000 BC heavy concentration of pottery
in the Pacific Coast Line has been documented. The first monumental
sculpture is the so-called Fat Boys from
Monte Alto a
Preclassic site in the central Pacific coastal plain of Guatemala, "There is
little question that the most primitive examples of the
sculptor's art in Mesoamerica, all stem from the Pacific Lowlands in
Guatemala, it was in this region that the raw materials, including both
granite and basalt, were readily available for carving". (Vincent H. Malmström, Department of Geography, Dartmouth College,
Hanover, NH 03755).
the Early Pre-Classic there were few attempts to shape the landscape.
The modification of space was limited to the construction of dwellings
on high ground. Some of these dwellings were apparently more elaborate
than others and may have served as the scene of special actions or
ritual acts. This is an important step, however, in that specific
behaviors became fixed in space; they became associated with a locale.
It was the first step toward segregating and regularizing activities in
space. Things changed fundamentally at the beginning of the Middle
Pre-Classic. Monumental architecture of the type constructed at
Tak'alik Ab'aj, and other centers had several
effects on social interaction. The size and durability of these
monuments is significantly greater than anything that previously
existed in Mesoamerica. The monuments at La Blanca and its secondary
centers appear to define the center and peripheries of a polity, Just
as the earliest Maya Centers in
The Mirador Basin,
At the same time social space was becoming more highly segregated
during the Pre-Classic,
the calendrical reckoning of time
was also becoming more formalized and more elaborate. The disciplinary
dimensions surrounding the control of time by the elite are enormous
and had ramifications for every aspect of daily life. (Michael Love,
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halimbawa ng parabulang kwento. Their paste analyses, however, indicate that the vessels were made on clays from different environmental zones, suggesting to them that these were people from the Pacific coast who expanded into the Antigua Valley. There are at least 5000 archeological sites in Guatemala, some 3000 of them in Petén alone.
In Monte Alto near La Democracia, Escuintla some giant stone heads and Potbellies or "Fat Boys" (Barrigones) have been found, Dated at 2000 BC (Ian Graham 1979). The so named Monte Alto Culture, that is classified as Pre-Olmec, (Why not Pre-Maya?), letting the door open to the opinion of some experts that the Olmec Culture was born in that area of the Pacific Lowlands, although the size is the only similarity with the posterior dated Olmec heads, it is more accurate to say that the Monte Alto Culture was the first Complex Culture of Mesoamerica and the Predecessors of all the other cultures. In Guatemala, there are some sites with unmistaken Olmec style, such as Chocolá in Suchitepéquez, La Corona, in Cotzumalguapa, and Tak'alik' Ab'aj, in Retalhuleu, that is the only ancient City in Mesoamerica with Olmec and Mayan features.
The renown Archeologist Dr. Richard
Hansen is sure that the Maya at
developed the first True political state in America,
(Tha Kan Kingdom),
around 1500 BC, (although
Maize (corn) pollen samples
have been documented in lakes in the area dated in 2400 BC),
not as thought before that the Olmec was the mother culture in
Mesoamerica, he thinks, due to recent finding at Mirador Basin,
Northern Petén, Guatemala, that the Olmec and Mayas
developed its cultures, separately, and merged in
in the Central
Highlands are the sites that shows the
longest occupation in Mesoamerica, (1000 BC to 1200 AD), located in the
central highlands, in what now is
All the Mesoamerican Jade, comes from quarries located in "La Sierra de Las Minas" and the "Motagua" River valley, Eastern Highlands, Guatemala. Fine jadeite material in natural colors ranging from a bright, intense green to soft lilac, blue, pink, white, black and yellow were available only in Guatemala, and then exported to all Mesoamerica, the green Jade is also known as "Mayan Jade". The Black jadeite from the Motagua Valley area, represents the creamiest, richest, and best black jadeite in the world.
The Archeologist divide the cultural History of Mesoamerica in 3 periods: The Pre-Classic or Formative from 2000 BC to 250 AD, (Early: 2000 BC to 800 BC, Middle: 800 to 400 BC, and Late 400 to BC 250 AD), Classic from 250 to 900 AD, (Early 250 to 550 AD, Middle from 550 to 700 AD, and Late 700 to 900 AD), and Post Classic from 900 to contact (1520 AD), (Early 900 to1200 AD, and Late 1200 to 1520 AD), Although Tayasal, capitol of the Itzá and Zacpetén, Capitol of the K'owoj, both in Central Petén, where conquered until 1697, being the last cities to be conquered in América.
Until a few years ago, the Pre Classic, was thought to be a formative period, with small villages of farmers, that lived in huts, and few permanent buildings, but this concept has been proved to be a big mistake, due to recent findings all over Guatemala, such as a 25 mt.high Pyramid and a quatrefoil altar in La Blanca, San Marcos, some 3 mt. in diameter from 1000 BC; Ceremonial sites at Miraflores, and El Naranjo from 800 BC, near Kaminaljuyú, in Guatemala City, El Portón in Baja Verapaz, The Mural paintings in San Bartolo, Petén, the Stucco Masks and monuments in Cival and of course The Mirador Basin's major cities of Nakbé, Xulnal, Tintal, Wakná and El Mirador, the Cradle of the Maya Civilization, where, the cities were not only numerous, but very sophisticated, and developed, with architectonic structures from 1400 BC, indeed the two biggest cities of the Maya Civilization (Mirador and Tintal) are there, with the same religious believes, astronomical, mathematics and writing knowledge that those in the Classic period.
The city of El Mirador was the largest city in ancient America, and also, has the largest pyramid in the WORLD, with a mass of 2,800,000 Mt2, some 200,000 more that the Giza pyramid in Egypt, and was by far the most populated city in the Pre Columbine America, in fact, Mirador was the first Politically organized State in America, named the Kan Kingdom in ancient texts. The first aerial surveys of this area in the 1930' by North American Archeologist does not give any results, because they interpreted the huge Pyramids as Volcanoes. There are 26 cities, some bigger than Tikal, the Jewel of the Classic period, all connected by huge Sacbeob (Plural for highways ), or Sacbé (Singular), meaning "White road", up to 40 Km. long (Tintal-El Mirador, the largest in Mesoamerica) and up to 44 m. wide and 2 to 6 m. above the ground, paved with stucco, that are clearly distinguishable from the air in the most extensive virgin Tropical Rain Forest left in Mesoamerica, thus, these were Kingdoms equal in Power and Culture to those in Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, etc.
The Classic is represented by countless
sites, mainly in Petén, although there are Classic sites all
over Guatemala, After the
Classic Maya Collapse,
El Petén was nearly deserted. The Post Classic is
represented by different kingdoms like the
Ko'woj in the Lakes
area in Petén that were the last cultures in
Mesoamérica to be conquered by the Spaniards on
capital of the Itzá fell; and, by
Chortí among others in the Highlands, Izabal,
Petén and the Pacific
Recently The National Archaeology Institute, disclosed the existence of a submerged city in Lake Atitlán, named “Samabaj”, some 15 meters deep near Cerro de Oro, and 10 Km from Chuitinamit, the Tz'utuh'il capitol, although it has not been dated yet, formal investigations are underway since February 2008.
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