Discovering The Mysterious Secrets Of Tikal

By: Riley Brown | Published: Oct 09, 2023

Discover the secrets of Tikal, the ancient city of the Maya, nestled in the heart of the Guatemalan jungle. 

For many years, archaeologists have been captivated by the ruins of this monumental site, but recent findings have left experts astounded and added unprecedented depth to our knowledge and interest of Tikal’s history. Visit Tikal and explore its mysteries for yourself!

Explore the Ancient Wonders of Tikal: Unlocking the Secrets of the Maya Civilization

Journey to the heart of the ancient Maya civilization and explore the ruins of Tikal. This majestic site is home to thousands of structures, some of which date back as far as 400 B.C. Discover the wonders of Yax Mutal, the former capital of a powerful Maya kingdom.

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Marvel at the various monuments, temples, and buildings that reveal the former grandeur of this civilization. Learn about the history and culture of the Maya people as you explore the breathtaking ruins of Tikal.

Marvel’s of the Mayan World: Uncovering the Secrets of Tikal's Ancient Ruins

For centuries, the majestic ruins of Tikal have captivated archaeologists and historians, and with good reason. Over a thousand structures made of limestone have been discovered, surviving the test of time and providing insight into the incredible Mayan civilization. 

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Since the 1950s, experts have been carefully examining the ruins, uncovering layer upon layer of secrets about this ancient culture. Over sixty years later, their work has been rewarded, as the ruins of Tikal still contain a wealth of knowledge for modern scientists and curious minds alike.

Step Back in Time

Immerse yourself in the past and explore the ancient city of Tikal, where you can still find some incredible surviving features. Admire the city’s primary square and rulers’ palace, as well as its pathways and canals that show how it functioned day to day.

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You can even find the remnants of some sports grounds, where ball games were played!

Astonishing Discoveries With Laser Technology 

Tikal, an ancient city shrouded in mystery, is finally revealing its secrets. Thanks to the use of special laser technology, archaeologists are making remarkable progress in uncovering the complexity of the societies that once inhabited the now near-impenetrable jungle. 

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What was thought to be just another ancient ruin is slowly but surely transforming into a remarkable window into the past. Exciting discoveries are still waiting to be unearthed, and we are just beginning to get a glimpse of the amazing history that Tikal holds.

The Power of LiDAR

For archaeologists studying the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, the dense jungle vegetation has been an obstacle to uncovering the mysteries of the past. But by leveraging the power of LiDAR, a technology which uses light detection and ranging to generate detailed images of the area beneath the plant growth, they can now clearly see just how extensive Tikal once was. 

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LiDAR has enabled archaeologists to uncover the secrets of the past, bringing new understanding and appreciation to the ruins of Tikal.

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Uncovering the Mysterious Maya Civilization Through LiDAR 

Unearthing the secrets of the Maya civilization has been made easier than ever before with the LiDAR project. This “major breakthrough” has revealed a wealth of information about the ancient city of Tikal, including an estimated 60,000 residences and even raised roads. 

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Thanks to this technology, experts now have an up-close and detailed look at the complex society that once thrived in the modern day jungle. The LiDAR project is giving us greater insight into the mysterious Maya civilization.

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The Lost Civilizations: Thomas Garrison's Exciting Archaeological Project

Thomas Garrison, along with many other archaeologists, has been part of an exciting archaeological project that is uncovering the lost civilizations of Maya. In 2018, Garrison spoke to National Geographic about the project, saying, “The LiDAR images make it clear that this entire region was a settlement system whose scale and population density had been grossly underestimated.” 

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This incredible project has the potential to uncover secrets about this ancient civilization and reveal more about our past. It’s no surprise that it has researchers like Garrison excited to be a part of it!

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Unveiling the Wonders of an Ancient Civilization

LiDAR technology has opened up the possibility of discovering civilizations that once thrived in far-off lands. Recently, a team of researchers used this technology to map an area of 800 square miles in Tikal, Guatemala. 

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The features revealed by the laser mapping are quite astonishing, suggesting that the society that once existed there was on par with that of ancient Greece and China.

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Unlocking the Mysteries of The Ancient Maya Society 

Exploring the advanced nature of ancient Maya society, scientists have recently employed LiDAR mapping to uncover a network of raised roads and irrigation systems. Despite not having access to inventions such as the wheel, the Maya managed to construct an incredibly complex civilization. 

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The LiDAR data has revealed a sophisticated transportation system which connected centers of urban activity to quarries. In addition, the mapping data highlights an elaborate irrigation system which would have been integral to sustaining agricultural activity. These findings illustrate the impressive level of innovation and creativity of the ancient Maya people.

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The Hidden Secrets of a Tropical Civilizations 

Discoveries from the Central American rainforest have unveiled a long-lost secret: complex civilizations may have flourished in the tropics. Marcello Canuto, an archaeologist involved in the project, spoke to National Geographic about the new LiDAR-based evidence. 

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He said, “We’ve had this Western conceit that complex civilizations can’t thrive in the tropics, but with this new evidence, we must consider that complex societies may have originated in the tropics and spread outwards from there.” This new insight provides an opportunity to rethink the history of mankind, and to discover hidden secrets that have been concealed in the rainforest for centuries.

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Revolutionizing Archaeology: The Power of LiDAR 

Archaeologists today have a powerful new tool to help them unlock the secrets of the past: LiDAR. As Francisco Estrada-Belli of Tulane University says, LiDAR’s impact on archaeology is akin to the Hubble Space Telescope’s impact on astronomy. With LiDAR, researchers are able to uncover never-before-seen features and artifacts from the ground up. 

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It may take a century to fully comprehend all the data they uncover, but archaeologists are thrilled to have the chance to explore history in a way they never have before. LiDAR is truly revolutionizing archaeology.

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Astonishing Discoveries Revealed 

For more than a century, archaeologists have been unearthing breathtaking secrets of the ancient Maya civilization. Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli, the leader of a comprehensive exploration project, believes it could take another century to unlock all the data and understand its true significance. Despite this, recent discoveries have already given us an incredible insight into the Maya society and its people. 

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We can now appreciate the population density of this ancient civilization more than ever before. With further research and exploration, we can continue to uncover the hidden worlds of the Maya and uncover more astonishing secrets.

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Unbelievable New Population Estimates of the Ancient Maya 

Dr. Estrada-Belli’s groundbreaking research has revealed that the population of the ancient Maya civilization may have been much larger than previously believed. He told National Geographic, “Most people had been comfortable with population estimates of around 5 million. With this new data it’s no longer unreasonable to think that there were 10 to 15 million people there — including many living in low-lying, swampy areas that many of us had thought uninhabitable.”

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This remarkable finding sheds new light on an ancient civilization that continues to fascinate and inspire us today.

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Harnessing Nature's Forces - Maya Civilization's Waterways 

For centuries, the Maya civilization has been renowned for its impressive engineering and urban planning. One of the most awe-inspiring aspects of their cities was their ingenious use of waterways. Causeways were constructed to traverse waterlogged wetlands and canals, Reservoirs, and dikes were used to control the flow of water. 

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This enabled them to birth vibrant cities that could thrive in the face of heavy rainfall. By utilizing nature’s forces, the Maya civilization created a unique and complex network of waterscapes.

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The Secrets of Ancient Warfare: Exploring Tikal's Defensive Structures 

From its towering temples to its intricate networks of defensive structures, the ancient city of Tikal is a place of immense historical significance. Thanks to LiDAR, the mysteries of this ancient metropolis have been revealed in unprecedented detail. Archaeologist Thomas Garrison has been particularly fascinated by the evidence of warfare that has been uncovered. 

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He believes it was not just a feature of the civilization’s decline, but rather a large-scale and systematic effort that endured over many years. With each new discovery, we come one step closer to unlocking the secrets of Tikal.

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Uncovering the Past with LiDAR Technology 

Uncovering the secrets of the past has become a lot easier thanks to LiDAR technology. By providing a wider snapshot of archaeological sites, these modern experts are able to gain insights into ancient societies in a way that would have been impossible previously. 

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Traditional research methods still have their place, but this cutting-edge technology is facilitating the unearthing of hidden features and mysteries of the past that otherwise would be left in the dark for centuries to come. As archaeologist Kathryn Reese-Taylor conveyed to National Geographic, LiDAR technology is truly revolutionizing the field of archaeology.

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An Incredible Archaeological Project 

An incredible archaeological project has revealed the ancient Maya civilization as it was seen by its own people, unveiling centuries of secrets. Led by the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico, the project has uncovered several sites unseen by archaeologists for decades. 

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Professor Reese-Taylor, not directly involved in this initiative, remarks on the ambition and impact of this project: “it really pulls back the veil and helps us see the civilization as the ancient Maya saw it.” Through this groundbreaking project, a new era of understanding has emerged.

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Unearthing a Lost Neighborhood – LiDAR Reveals Surprising Discovery at Tikal

The power of LiDAR technology shone through once again in September 2021, after the publication of a new study in the journal ‘Antiquity’ was released. The research revealed a remarkable discovery at the ancient Mayan city of Tikal – an entire lost neighborhood. This discovery was far more astounding than anyone could have anticipated. 

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It demonstrated the capabilities of LiDAR in uncovering hidden details and unlocking greater insight into the past. Thanks to the use of this innovative technology, researchers were able to uncover this remarkable neighborhood that had previously been lost to time.

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A Mystery Unveiled: An Ancient Neighborhood 

Archaeologists were astounded to find a previously unknown neighborhood in the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. The incredible discovery was made even more remarkable by its resemblance to the ancient Mexican capital of Teotihuacán – located hundreds of miles away outside modern-day Mexico City. 

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This unexpected finding has left researchers with a thrilling mystery to solve. How did this mysterious neighborhood come to be in an ancient Mayan city? Could there be a connection between the two cities? The unearthed neighborhood may hold the secrets to a fascinating lost history.

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Teotihuacán: The Most Significant City in Mesoamerica

The ancient city of Teotihuacán was a force to be reckoned with. Persisting for a remarkable 500 years, after arising 2,000 years ago, it was the single most influential city in all of Mesoamerica. Home to a population of over 100,000 people, Teotihuacán had a strong grip on the surrounding region and even beyond. 

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Evidence suggests that this power extended as far as Tikal, a city 750 miles away. This goes to show just how powerful Teotihuacán was in its heyday.

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An Exploration of Ancient Mexican Architecture

Located in the Basin of Mexico, the ancient city of Teotihuacán is a marvel of architectural ingenuity. Spanning approximately 8 square miles, this city boasts a variety of structures, from the grandiose pyramids and religious sites to more mundane residential complexes. 

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All of these structures are expertly laid out in a series of grids, inviting adventurers to explore the many secrets the city holds. Travel back in time and uncover the mysteries of Teotihuacán!

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Teotihuacán's Ancient Wonders

Explore the ancient city of Teotihuacán, discover its array of fascinating grand buildings and monuments, all linked by the Avenue of the Dead where at one end lies the Pyramid of the Moon and at the other the inactive volcano Cerro Gordo. 

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Marvel at the two imposing pyramids, the majestic citadel and the ancient temples that have stood the test of time. 

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Unlocking the Mystery of Teotihuacán - The Story of a Forgotten City

A mysterious city shrouded in secrets, Teotihuacán has long been a source of fascination for historians and archaeologists. Despite the ruins that still stand today, not much is known about the city’s origins. Some theorize that it resulted from a volcanic eruption that forced people from nearby regions to settle in a new place. 

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However, no conclusion has been reached and there remain various theories that attempt to explain this ancient civilization.

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The Mystery of Teotihuacán’s Collapse 

For centuries, the ancient city of Teotihuacán has been enveloped in mystery, with its exact origins unknown. What is certain is that by 600 A.D., the process of its collapse had begun. Historians debate the cause, with some arguing it was due to invasion, and others suggesting it was an internal rebellion that led to its downfall. 

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By 750 A.D., the city was abandoned, leaving us with more questions than answers. Let’s unravel the mystery of Teotihuacán’s collapse together!

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Teotihuacán and Tikal - Ancient Connection

The mystery of Teotihuacán remains, However the discovery that leaves archaeologist particularly perplexed, is the similarity between Teotihuacán and Tikal – Without the groundbreaking LiDAR technology it may have never been discovered.

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Thanks to the digital imagery pinpointing this precise spot, we now have greater insight into the grandeur of Ancient Maya. This incredible discovery highlights the power of modern technology in helping us unlock the secrets of the past.

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Unearthing Ancient Wonders: LiDAR Leads the Way 

Archaeologists have been presented with a unique opportunity to unravel an ancient mystery. By utilizing LiDAR technology, a team led by Edwin Ramírez has been able to locate an ancient neighborhood, complete with a pyramid and other smaller structures, within the proximity of 62 acres. 

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Now, the question is: what will they find as they dig deeper? Will they uncover secrets that have been hidden for centuries?

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Ancient Discoveries Revealed with LiDAR Technology 

Surprising ancient discoveries have been made thanks to LiDAR technology, a tool that has revolutionized archaeology. According to Stephen Houston, the lead archaeologist credited on the paper in ‘Antiquity’ publication, LiDAR has allowed the team to uncover findings that have “surprised us mightily”. 

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In an email exchange with Gizmodo, Dr. Houston praised the technology for its ability to uncover details of the past that have been hidden for centuries.

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Discovering the Mysterious Link Between Teotihuacán and Tikal 

Prior to implementing LiDAR technology, archaeologists had observed the mysterious connection between the ancient cities of Teotihuacán and Tikal. Evidence suggesting a trading relationship between the two centers was already established based on artifacts found in Tikal. 

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However, with LiDAR, archaeologists have been able to uncover a much deeper connection between the majestic Teotihuacán and its smaller counterpart.

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A Deeper Investigation into the Maya-Teotihuacán Connection

Archaeologists have long underestimated the connection between the Maya civilization and Teotihuacán. But a recent discovery at Tikal has shed new light on the relationship between these two powerful ancient cities. It turns out that the Maya cities and Teotihuacán were far more connected than previously believed. 

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This exciting discovery has completely changed our view on the relationship between these two civilizations and has opened up many possibilities for further exploration.

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The Astonishing Similarities of Tikal and Teotihuacán

The incredible discovery of a neighborhood in Tikal, which is strikingly similar to Teotihuacán, has left many in awe. Its own citadel may be smaller than the iconic one in Teotihuacán, but the two sites share many other features, including a plaza and a reservoir.

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Such similarities are truly remarkable and are a testament to the architectural brilliance of ancient civilization. Could this be an indication that Tikal was directly modeled on Teotihuacán? Only further research can tell.

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Through careful analysis of the city’s structural features and layout, Dr. Houston was able to draw remarkable similarities to the great citadel at Teotihuacán. 

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With all four sides enclosed by buildings and a larger, pyramid-shaped structure on the east side, bordered by two platforms, the layout of the city is incredibly similar to that of the great citadel. Dr. Houston’s insight brings us one step closer to uncovering the mysteries of Teotihuacán.

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Uncovering the Secrets of Tikal: New Discoveries Challenge Traditional Theories 

Dr. Houston’s recent discoveries at the site of Tikal have shaken the archaeological world. On his excavations, he has uncovered many incense burners that may have originated from Teotihuacán. Furthermore, the orientation of the precinct is very similar to the Mexican city, contrasting with other nearby Maya buildings. 

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These findings challenge what experts have previously come to expect of Maya cities, and have opened up a new realm of possibilities and questions.

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Uncovering Tikal’s Funeral Practices 

Uncovering a long-forgotten civilization is an exciting experience for archaeologists. Recently, during a dig in a previously unexplored territory, a group of archaeologists made a remarkable discovery – a ceremonial resting place, where it appeared that people were burnt in a ritualistic manner. 

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Along with this, a variety of artifacts were found, which were associated with funeral practices. According to experts, these relics were more in line with the traditions of Teotihuacán, rather than those typically associated with the Maya. 

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Tikal and Teotihuacán

Exploring the ancient city of Tikal, archaeologists stumbled upon a fascinating discovery: a distinct neighborhood that appears to have been strongly linked to the powerful Teotihuacán civilization. But what was the basis for these connections, and why did they remain isolated to this particular area? 

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Now, the team has put forth their theories on the matter. By uncovering the intricate ties between Tikal and Teotihuacán, they hope to gain a better understanding of the past.

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Uncovering the Mystery of Teotihuacán's Mirror-Image Neighborhood 

The ancient city of Teotihuacán was renowned for its grandeur and might. Archaeologists believe In 378 A.D., the empire of Teotihuacán asserted its power by conquering Tikal to add to its domain. 

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What could it mean? To unravel this mystery, one must look to the past and study the culture of Teotihuacán, its people, and their way of life. It is only then that we can begin to understand why this unique neighborhood was constructed in the first place.

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A Monumental Mark of Teotihuacán's Imperial Might - The Tikal Complex

The ancient city of Teotihuacán left an indelible mark on the history of Tikal, by constructing a complex of buildings based on their own city centre. This symbolised the imperial power of the conquerors from Teotihuacán, who were determined to make their presence felt. 

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It has been speculated that the complex was used as an embassy or a military outpost, to maintain a strong connection between the two cities. This remarkable structure stands testament to the ambitious vision of the Teotihuacán people, and serves as a reminder of their legacy.

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Uncovering a Richer Story of the Mayan Civilization 

Archaeologists have recently made a remarkable discovery: the cities of the Maya were much more influenced by outsiders than previously believed. This finding has significant implications, as it suggests that the story of the ancient civilization is much richer than previously imagined. 

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To uncover the full extent of the Mayans history, more research will be needed. However, with this new knowledge, archaeologists can look forward to learning more about the culture and its people.

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Unveiling the Complexity of Cities 

Take a look at any city and its culture, and you’ll discover a fascinating complexity that unfolds before your eyes. From the first settlers to the modern-day inhabitants, the development of cities has been shaped by a variety of influences – both foreign and native. 

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This demonstrates how the growth of a city is never restricted to a single source, but rather is an ever-evolving process that takes on different forms. From the outside, it’s often easy to overlook the complex intricacies of a city and its culture, but they are there, waiting to be uncovered.

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