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Previously it had been understood that Teotihuacan had at least influenced the art style of the Maya of Tikal and neighboring Uaxactún. Clemency Coggins and Tatiana Proskouriakoff had even posited a military incursion into the Maya heartland.

Painted vessel lid from Tikal Burial 10, "in pure art style from Teotihuacan. The vivid paint was applied to a stucco coating over the surface of the vessel (Peter Harrison, The Lords of Tikal; Thames and Hudson: New York, 1999)." Photo: Mark Van Stone.