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Piedras Negras
means "Black Rocks" in Spanish and takes its name from the color of the stones in the river. Piedras Negras is in the most remote part of Guatemala on a point of land bordered on the south and west by Chiapas and on the north by Campeche. The site is located on the banks of the Usumacinta river and is up stream from the very remote ruins of Yaxchilan. The ruins at Piedras Negras are as large as the ones at Tikal and is thought to have been a major power in its heyday and possibly allied with Yaxchilán. The site is not very well preserved compared to the neighboring site of Yaxchilan. Researchers feel this is due in part to poor design and the use of wood over stone in many places.