Towards the East is a long terrace supporting three temples, which were formerly used as visual reference for the observation of stars and the marking of time. In these three temples six tombs were placed, belonging to children and adults, buried at the same time and members of the dynastic lineage of Jaguar Paw, who lost their power in the year 378 A.D. due to internal strife among heirs to the throne. Another unique feature is related to the architectural type known as talud tablero on building 5C-49; its construction began between 250 and 300 A.D. making it the oldest structure in Tikal exhibiting this trait of construction.
As time elapsed change came about, the Astronomical Commemoration Complex lost its function and its ancestral importance, while the Lost World complex was remodeled and its residential palaces were probably replaced by more administrative functions.
This spot was sacred to the Maya, starting when the site was first settled and continuing throughout its history. The main pyramid was built over four other pyramids, the oldest of which was constructed in 600 B.C.
The people of Tikal preserved this piece of their early history. Most other buildings from this time period had other structures built over of them. Being a special building, they kept up the appearance of this building with fresh paint and plaster.
Some of the most delicate examples of ceramic pottery were recovered here by the Guatemalan archaeological team of the Proyecto Nacional Tikal and are on display at the National Museum in Guatemala City.
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