Tak'alik Ab'aj [Standing stone] ~ Ancient name possibly Kooja, 'Moon Halo'. Situated 2,000' above sea level in subtropical moist forest. Representative of the first blossoming of Maya culture around 400 bce. One of several sites with both Olmec & Maya features, built near a good crossing of Rio Ixchaya's deep ravine. Flourished nearly 2000 years (until 10th cce) as important commercial center controlling access to coastal trade. One of the largest Pacific sites with sculptured monuments.