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.
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