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Piedras Negras is the modern name for a ruined city of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization located on the north bank of the Usumacinta River in the Petén department of Guatemala. The name Piedras Negras means “black stones” in Spanish. Its name in the language of the Classic Maya has been read in Maya inscriptions as Yo’k’ib’, meaning “great gateway” or “entrance”, considered a possible reference to a large and now dry sinkhole nearby. Some authors think that the name is Paw Stone, but is more likely to be the name of the founder as hieroglyphs on Throne 1 and altar 4 show.

Guatemala Tourism Peten Cuatro Balam Maya Biosphere Reserve

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