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“Unique perspective on an ancient culture”

Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
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San Salvador Combo Tour: Private City Sightseeing and Joya de Cerén
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Owner description: Excavation at "Jewel of the Ceren", a pre-Columbian Mayan farming village, that was buried under a volcanic eruption around 600 A.D.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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“Unique perspective on an ancient culture”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

Although we have been to most of the "major" Mayan sites in Meso-America, Joya de Ceren provides the best view of the everyday life of the non-elites--well constructed houses, storage buildings, and community centers. Several of the structures that were buried under volcanic ash for more than a millennium have been excavated and are fascinating to observe. The museum on site is well done and helps one understand much more about life in the community. Particularly poignant is the skeleton of a duck that, apparently, was tied up in the kitchen waiting to become dinner. Really a must-see for anyone interested in pre-conquest life in the Americas.

Visited March 2014
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“Impressive”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

This is a must see if you are interesed in learning about Mayan culture. The site has been well preserved and it was an early settlement of the Mayans buried by volcanic ashes. There is a house that is well preserved and that belonged to a chief or healer and it is full of details. It tells a lot about the way of life they had more than a century ago.

Visited January 2014
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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“Unique Mayan village”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

We have been to many of the temple sites in Central America and South America, but this village is something special. An ordinary farming village was buried by volcanic ash, which preserved not only the adobe walls of the huts, but even the furrows in the garden plots. Even the domed roof of a sweat lodge is still mostly intact. The excavated areas are under roofs and as you walk from one to another you get a real picture of how people lived 1600 years ago. We had the good fortune of a guide who had worked for years with the archeologists, but even without her insights we would have understood most of what we were seeing. The site museum provides an excellent introduction and most of the signage is in English.
If you want impressive stone temples this is not the place to go, but if you want to understand the lives of the Mayans it is a must-see.

Visited January 2014
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Umberleigh, United Kingdom
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“The unseen side of Maya history”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

All the pictures of the MAya civilization are of the great central pyramids and ceremonial areas. We had often wondered what kind of people supported this stylized pomp. Now we kniw and are the better for it.

Visited February 2014
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Glen Allen, United States
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“Mayan Treasure”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

There is a lot of history here. The Mayans built a society to be remembered. There are still things being unearthed at this site. Visit and be prepared to be amazed.

Visited January 2014
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