San Clemente, El Petén

Plan of San Clemente as published by German explorer Karl Sapper in 1897. Note the structure numbering differs from that in later use.

San Clemente is a ruin of the ancient Maya civilization in Guatemala. Its main period of occupation dates to the Classic period of Mesoamerican chronology (approximately 250 – 950 AD).[1] The ruins were first described in the late 19th century, before being visited by a number of investigators in the early part of the 20th century.


The site is situated in the Petén Basin, approximately 55 kilometres (34 mi) from Flores, in the department of El Petén of northern Guatemala. It is 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of the modern settlement of El Naranjo, within the municipality of Flores. The site occupies a deforested hilltop at an elevation of 270 metres (890 ft) above mean sea level.[1] San Clemente is located in the north of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.[2]

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