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Petexbatún is a small lake formed by a river of the same name, which is a tributary of the La Pasion river. It is near Sayaxché, located in the southern area of the Guatemalan department of Petén.[1][2]

Petexbatún Lake
Rio Petexbatun.JPG
Petexbatún river near the site of Aguateca
Coordinates16°25′57″N 90°11′14″W / 16.432381°N 90.187283°W / 16.432381; -90.187283 (Laguna de Petexbatún)
Primary inflowsRiachuelo Aguateca, Riachuelo El Faisán
Primary outflowsRío Petexbatún
Basin countriesGuatemala
Surface area5.4 km2 (2.1 sq mi)
Surface elevation130 m (430 ft)

Archaeologists gave the name of Petexbatún State to a group of cities during the Classic period of the Maya Civilization that include Seibal, Itzan, Dos Pilas, Aguateca, Tamarindito, Punta de Chimino, Nacimiento, and others. This State was the first to be abandoned in the Late Classic, when the Maya Collapse occurred in a south to north pattern, although Seibal, may have been reoccupied by a foreign group, possibly the Putún Maya, according to the style of the Stelas in this period. The archaeological findings here have given a lot of information about the Collapse of the Classic Maya Civilization.


  1. ^ "Wetland Inv - Guatemala" (xls). Ducks Unlimited. Retrieved 2008. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ PREPAC 2007


Demarest, Arthur A. (2006). The Petexbatun Regional Archaeological Project: A Multidisciplinary Study of the Maya Collapse. Vanderbilt Institute of Mesoamerican Archaeology series, vol. 1. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. ISBN 978-0-8265-1520-9. OCLC 63178772.
Houston, Stephen D. (1993). Hieroglyphs and History at Dos Pilas: Dynastic Politics of the Classic Maya. Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 0-292-73855-2. OCLC 25507968.
PREPAC (2007-06-06). "Descripción de Lagunas de Guatemala" (PDF). Lagunas de Centroamérica. OIRSA. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 08-06-2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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