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Coggins suggested that one of the rulers of Tikal had come from the highland Maya site of Kaminaljuyú. Here, even more extensive use of Teotihuacan decorative styles, coupled with architecture characteristic of the Mexican metropolis, had led archaeologists to suggest that warrior merchants from Teotihuacan had conquered Kaminaljuyú and established a Maya outpost in imitation of their homeland.

Kaminaljuyú engraved skull. Photo: Mark Van Stone.