Uaxactún – located 24 km. outside of Tikal, Uaxactún is considered one of the oldest
cities in the Mayan Empire, dating from the pre-classic and classical periods. The
architectural evolution of the Mayan lowlands is evident, and one can find inscriptions
that date from 328 A.D. to 899 A.D. in different stone columns.
This Mayan city began to be rediscovered and studied from 1931 when the first formal
works were carried out by the Carnegie Institution of Washington. It received the name
of Uaxactún or “eight Stones” by Sylvanus Morley, the first investigator to arrive here,
crossing Nakúm, Naranjo and Yaxha. The word Uaxactún is composed of “Uaxac”,
which means eight and “Tun”, which means “stone”.