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Digging Into the Past
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Foreman Marvin Castillo beholds a freshly unearthed staircase at Takalik Abaj, an ancient Maya city in southwestern Guatemala, as excavator Pedro González looks on. Stairways carried residents up and down the slopes at this urban center, built more than 2,000 years ago on ten natural terraces in the country's piedmont region. The city's early Maya phase ended about A.D. 200. "Takalik Abaj became important again long after its decline," says project co-leader Christa Schieber de Lavarreda. "People here continually remodeled buildings and relocated stone monuments sculpted in former times, a practice that continued until A.D. 1000. "

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Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 14mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Warm and sunny
Time of Day: Sunrise
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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