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Mayan ballcourt. The ballcourt was the site of the ballgame, a ritual sport played by pre-Columbian (prior to Europeans) peoples across Mesoamerica, including Mayans and Aztecs. Formal ballgames were sometimes held between warring tribes and involved human sacrifice of war prisoners. This ballcourt is part of the Palace of Taj Chan Ahk in Canceun. Canceun was a major trade city located in Pasion, El Peten, Guatemala. Taj Chan Ahk, one of the city's most powerful rulers, built his huge palace in 770 AD.
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