Photograph of Structure 5D-43, built in the talud-tablero style likely franchised from Teotihuacán. This building, dating to the Early-middle Classic, confirms the communication and alliance between elites of Tikal and Teotihuacán. One of these Teotihuacáno nobles, Nun Yax Ayin, seems to have been installed as the ruler of Tikal from 379-411 CE
Temple I InformationLocated in the Great Plaza, this mortuary temple was built for Tikal's 26th ruler, Jasaw Chan K'awiil. The building date is unknown as it is unclear if Jasaw built it before his death or if his son, Yik'in, constructed it in honor of his deceased father.
In contrast to Egyptian pyramids, to which they are often erroneously compared, Maya 'step pyramids' served numerous functions besides mortuary ones, and were constructed not from large, solid stone blocks but from smaller, cut stone blocks on top of a rubble-fill core.