Quiriguá is an ancient Maya archaeological site in Guatemala's Izabal Department. Found along the lower Motagua River, the area is about 3 square kilometers. During the Maya Classic Period (200-900), the city was a major center of trade. Construction began around 550, and increased in the 8th century. With the exception of a brief reoccupation in the Early Postclassic (900-1200), Quiriguá was abandoned by 850. Its architecture and sculptures imitate those of the nearby city of Copán, with which it is closely linked.