Caracol

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Caracol (Wikipedia)
Not to be confused with Karakol.
This article is about the Maya archaeological site in Belize. For the military manoeuvre, see Caracole. For other uses, see Caracol (disambiguation).
For the Québécoise singer see Carole Facal.
Caracol
View from atop Caracol
View from atop of Caracol
Caracol is located in Mesoamerica
Caracol
Location within Mesoamerica
Location Cayo DistrictBelize
Region Cayo District
Coordinates 16°45′50″N 89°7′3″W / 16.76389°N 89.11750°W / 16.76389; -89.11750Coordinates: 16°45′50″N 89°7′3″W / 16.76389°N 89.11750°W / 16.76389; -89.11750
History
Founded 1200 BCE
Periods Preclassic to Postclassic
Cultures Maya civilization

Caracol is the name given to a large ancient Maya archaeological site, located in what is now the Cayo District of Belize. It is situated approximately 40 kilometres south of Xunantunich and the town of San Ignacio Cayo, and 15 kilometers away from the Macal River. It rests on the Vaca Plateau at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Long thought to be a tertiary center, it is now known that the site was one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period. Caracol covered approximately 200 square kilometers, covering an area much larger than present-day Belize City (the largest metropolitan area in the country) and supported more than twice the modern city's population.

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