Temple V and the South Acropolis
The South Acropolis, due south of the Great Plaza, is the site of some excavations that are just beginning to unravel its significance. Its top layers are from Late Classic times, much like elsewhere in Tikal.
Temple V lies just east of the South Acropolis. Standing to a height of 58 meters, it may be the original of Tikal’s six temples dating to A.D. 600. A wooden staircase provides access to the somewhat cramped area below the roof comb, from which an interesting side view of the Great Plaza can be had.
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