Sunday, 3 December 2017

Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site

This site is known as the "Pompeii of the Americas", in comparison to the famed Ancient Roman ruins

Joya de Cerén
This postcard was sent by Marco

Joya de Cerén (Jewel of Cerén in the Spanish language) is an archaeological site in La Libertad DepartmentEl Salvador, featuring a pre-Columbian Maya farming village preserved remarkably intact under layers of volcanic ash. 
The site was unwittingly discovered in 1976 by a bulldozer driver leveling ground for a government agricultural project. It was explored in depth by Payson Sheets, a professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, in 1978 and 1980, after which work at the site was interrupted by civil strife and warfare. Excavation resumed in 1988, and has been continuous since then. About 70 buildings have been uncovered, including storehouses, kitchens, living quarters, workshops, a religious structure, and a communal sauna. - in: wikipedia

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