National Geographic : 1982 Jul
been a climax in the ritual destructionof the old temples when the courtyard was filled. At the dawn of the Classic Maya era,some 1,000 people lived aroundCuello. Selective breedingof maize assured increasingyields of the staple crop. Forsouthernjade and razor-sharpblack obsidian, Cuello probably traded macaw feathers andjaguarpelts to Maya nobility. Local trade brought in fine chert daggers.