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14 once-great lost cities

May 21, 2014, 3:53 p.m.
Tikal

Photo: Dennis Jarvis/Flickr

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Tikal

Tikal was not only one of the largest of the ancient Mayan cities, it was also one of largest cities in the entire preindustrial world. The metropolis reached its apogee during the Classic Period, circa A.D. 200 to 900, when it dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily. Today its temples still tower over the surrounding jungle.