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Petexbatún is a small lake formed by a river of the same name, which is a tributary of the La Pasionmarker river. It is near Sayaxchémarker, located in the southern area of the Guatemalanmarker department of Petén.

Archaeologists gave the name of Petexbatún State to a group of cities during the Classic period of the Maya Civilization that include Seibalmarker, Itzán, Dos Pilasmarker, Aguatecamarker, Cancuén, Tamarinditomarker, Punta de Chimino, Nacimiento, and others. This State was the first to be abandoned in the Late Classic, when the Maya Collapse occurred in a south to north pattern, although Seibalmarker, was reoccupied by the Putún Maya or Toltec groups, according to the style of the Stelas in this period, the experts agree that they were not Classic Maya. The archaeological findings here have given a lot of information about the Collapse of the Classic Maya Civilization.

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