Inhabited since the 2nd century, Quiriguá had become during the reign of Cauac Sky (723–84) the capital of an autonomous and prosperous state. The ruins of Quiriguá contain some outstanding 8th-century monuments and an impressive series of carved stelae and sculpted calendars that constitute an essential source for the study of Mayan civilization.

Cite this page as: UNESCO, "Quiriguá," in Smarthistory, May 27, 2021, accessed April 23, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/quirigua/.