Archaeology Quirigua

DAY TOUR TO QUIRIGUA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE AND PALEONTOLOGY MUSEUM INCLUDES: Transfer from Copan Ruinas - Quirigua - Copan Ruinas (Ticket for Quirigua Archaeological site and Guide is optional) Visit the Paleontology Museum

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Is a mayan archaeological site located in the Eastern of Guatemala, 3 hours from the town of Copan Ruinas, this mayan site is known for having the tallest stelae of mesoamerica, it was discovered by the archaeologist John Stephens in 1840.

most of the stelae were carved during the goverment of Butz’ Tiliw  (Cauac Cielo) the most powerful ruler of the city. the "E" Stelae of quirigua has a height of 10.5m (34.5ft). Archaeologist estimate that from the year 750 AD, each holtun (A period of time that correspond to 5 years) a new stelae was carved, this went on until the year 805 DC when the city collapsed. The city of Quirigua was an important commercial link between other cities of the mayan world like Copan and Tikal, due to the geographic location.

in the year 750 AD the King Cauac Cielo captured the governor of Copan Waxaklahun Ubah K’awil (best known by 18 rabbit) beheading him in the grand plaza ending that way the fight for power between these two cities. this date was memorable for the King and the whole city that was carved in a big rock known as the "Zoomorfo G. 6" in this peculiar round shaped stelae you can see curious sculptures of animals and mythological beings.

Zoomorfo G. 6 is located in the grand plaza it represents a creature similar to a jaguar with the head of (18 rabbit).

Esta ubicada en el Oriente de Guatemala y a 3 horas de Copan Ruinas Honduras, pasano por Frontera El Florido. Esta antigua ciudad maya se distingue por sus estelas de gran tamaño, Aparece como un descubrimiento de John Stephens en 1840.

La mayoría de las estelas que fueron erigidas durante los sesenta años de reinado de Butz’ Tiliw o Cauac Cielo, su más grande gobernante, la Estela E de Quiriguá mide 10.5 Mt. de Altura, y sus grabados cubren 8 metros de ella por tres lados. Se estima que desde el 750 DC, cada Holtún (5 años), se erigió una nueva hasta el 805 DC. Quirigua fue un importante enlace de comercio entre Copan y Tikal utilizando el Rio Copan y Rio Motagua.

En el 738 DC, Cauac Cielo capturó al Rey de Copán, Waxaklahun Ubah K’awil o 18 Conejo, decapitándolo en la Gran Plaza, terminando con la larga dominación de Copán sobre Quiriguá. La Fecha de éste acontecimiento memorable está inscrita en un gran bloque de piedra conocido como el Zoomorfo G. 6 de éstas curiosas esculturas redondeadas que representan animales reales o mitológicos se encuentran en Quiriguá, al centro de la Gran Plaza el Zoomorfo G representa a una Criatura parecida a un Jaguar con la cabeza del Rey de Copán en sus faces.

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quirigua zoomorfo-p LATEST DISCOVERY

The released finding, Panel 1, corresponds to Quiriguá, which was discovered in the Eastern group. It is a set comprising three structures. These monuments had been mentioned by the researcher Alfred Maudslay in 1894. It was identified as an elite residential area as it is located approximately 100 meters from the most important group of the Mayan city.

Constructions are under vegetation and soil, so in some cases they are eroded and damaged.

The first excavations authorized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, began in June 2009, under the supervision of archaeologist Elizabeth Marroquin, in collaboration with students from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala-USAC.

Panel 1 was discovered on Thursday, August 12, 2010 while trying to locate the end of the floor inside the building. Several interpretations were made on the panel’s glyphs. It was determined through the architectural type and identified materials, that the site could have been occupied between the years 750 and 800 AD. One of the characters represented on the panel is the king known as Jade Sky, who would be performing a ritual ball game with the ruler Yax Pasaj from Copán, Honduras. Jade Sky’s opponent could be the king Kak Chan Tiliw Yopat, who ruled Quiriguá years earlier. At the panel´s ends characters who observe this encounter can be identified and at the center a circular figure is seen representing the arc where the ball must pass trough to score. Quirigua is an archaeological site of the Late Classic Mayan culture. It is known for its stelae and altars carved in a unique style for their finesse. It is located in the town of Los Amates, Izabal.

The panel was transferred for study and conservation to the Quirigua museum park.

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MUSEO PALEONTOLOGIA

En este es el unico lugar en su género en toda Guatemala, además de exhibirse piezas arqueológicas propias del lugar, se muestran los restos de distintos animales prehistóricos, dentro de los cuales destacan los imponentes esqueletos de un mastodonte y un armadillo gigante, esqueleto de ballena,entre otros. La primera informacion las proporciona el geólogo de origen alemán Kart Sapper, hacia los años 40 del siglo pasado, pero no es sino hasta el año de 1950 y a través de reportes del Dr. Barnum Brown y Jorge Ibarra, que se realizan las primeras investigaciones paleontológicas de rescate localizando restos fósiles.

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