|Location:||At Uaxactún, 40km north of Tikal.|
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|MAY-1916||ruins rediscovered by Sylvanus Morley.|
|1924||Frans Bloom made a more detailed investigation of the structures and mapped the site.|
|1926-1937||archaeological excavations by the Carnegie Institution led by Oliver Ricketson.|
|1970||rough road opened up, connecting Uaxactun to Tikal.|
|1982||Tikal National Park was expanded to included the ruins of Uaxactun within its protected area.|
The ancient name for Uaxactún was Siaan K'aan or Born in Heaven. The name Uaxactún was given to the site by its rediscoverer, archeologist Sylvanus Morley from the USA, in May of 1916.
The village is famous not only for its Mayan ruins but for its bat cave. Every evening at dusk thousand of bats emerge from this cave.
Text by Tony Oldham (2004). With kind permission.