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Middle to Late Classic Tikal Ancient Civilizations of the Americas Lecture 14
556 AD Tikal initiates an “axe war” against its former client kingdom Caracol. AD 562 Caracol retaliates against Tikal with a “star war.” This event marks the beginning of the 130 year hiatus during which there are no dated monuments from Tikal (except Pyramid V?).
AD 648 A disaffected group of Tikal nobility under B’alaj Chan K’awiil flees west and founds Dos Pilas. AD 672 Tikal defeats Dos Pilas in a “star war.” AD 695 Jasaw Chan K’awiil defeats Calakmul. He and his son Yik’in Chan K’awiil undertakes massive building projects.
Stela 22 and altar 10 771 AD Portrait of Chitam, the last ruler to have commissioned a text at Tikal
Tikal’s decline The decline of Tikal begins c. 810 AD. AD 859 Centers formerly under Tikal’s domination set up stela honoring their own rulers. AD 869 Jasaw Chan K’awiil II erects the last monument, marking him as the last king. The most viable explanation for the collapse is overpopulation, leading to deforestation, soil erosion and nutrient loss.