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The Route of The Rivers

Date of Submission: 23/09/2002
Category: Mixed
Submitted by:
Ministry of Culture and Sports
Coordinates: The Route of the Rivers takes the whole area west of the department of the Petén in Guatemala.
Ref.: 1755

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The area contains numerous Mayan cities built next to navigable rivers that it allowed them to control the trade and the regional economy. The area shares several characteristics like its strategic location, megalithic and hieroglyphic flight of steps, flat panels to the lateral of the flight of steps, the uses of pillars, the erection of stelaes associated to altars, roadways and in some cities the employment of defensive walls and moats. On the other hand, the sculpted monuments of the area describe the topic of the war, where the staring are the rulers.