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Posted 27 February, 2014 by-Ministry of Culture and Sports in News
 
 

"The Ancient City of Mud buried Kaminaljuyu Guatemala City"

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Photograph of an excavation where the ceramic pipe system can be seen.

Within the series of conferences organized by the Academy of Geography and History of Guatemala, National Cultural Heritage, Bárbara Arroyo, Archaeological Site Director Kaminaljuyu participated with a lecture entitled "The ancient city buried by mud Kaminaljuyu Guatemala City”.

In this presentation Dr. Arroyo explained the evolution and the whole series of changes undergone by the ancient Maya city of Kaminaljuyu with the passage of time and the development of the modern city of Guatemala. He also discussed the importance of this city for nearly two thousand years it was inhabited, further progress in studies and archaeological research since it is known Maya city to our times.

The development and urbanization of the city of Guatemala since moving to its current location, despareciera Kaminaljuyu they made almost entirely, leaving only archaeological site located in the area 7 capital and a few mounds as they can be observed in the area of ​​Miraflores Museum.

According to Arroyo and based on the studies that have made Kaminaljuyu, there were about 200 it being mounds 32 of them to date. This is partly because originally there were laws to protect this heritage. Part of the progress that has been made especially for this site, are the protection and conservation, not only the site but the remaining mounds located around.

La Directora del Sitio Kaminaljuyu durante su exposición.

Site Director Kaminaljuyu during exposure.

The Project Director said that the credit of the results obtained to date is that all involved have worked in research, they are from archaeologists, practitioners, spiritual guides, volunteers, to individuals.

The restoration and conservation of Kaminaljuyu has been achieved thanks to the efforts made by Dr. Arroyo and donations as performed by the U.S. Embassy, served to change the structure of wood that covered the area of ​​the Acropolis by a metal frame and thanks to the income from visitors to the site is about to conclude the change of the film structure.-

Arroyo also emphasized that in order to preserve and protect not only Kaminaljuyu but all archaeological sites in the country, must be a collaborative effort where neighbors involved, government and municipalities. Besides fostering care of our heritage in children, girls and young school-age.

Kaminaljuyu also has a museum open to visitors where you can see old photos of the place, parts obtained from excavations and materials used by the ancient inhabitants, etc.. The hours of operation are rather 8:00 a 16:00 hours from Monday to Sunday.

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