Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

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Quirigua Sep 27, 2007
This is a very important archaeological site, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and located in the region of the Motagua River Valley, between banana plantations. The Motagua River Valley seems to have had human occupation since Preclásico period (1500 BC) to the present.

Investigations show that the archaeological site of Quiriguá. was populated since the beginning of the Early Classic period (250-400 AD) or even before its collapse in the late classic (600-900 AD).

The archaeological site of Quiriguá is composed of the following structures:

The Centre MAYOR

Much of it continues buried under the earth which annually is dragged by the rains. It is for this reason and because the earliest buildings are below, that what we see today, this belongs to the last period of occupation.

Central Square

It was probably a public place, used for holding large religious ceremonies. There's zoomorphic and steles carved inside the square.

Ballgame

Place intended for physical activity or ceremonial. Its architectural remains were found inside a square and is surrounded by stairways on three of its sides.

Acropolis

The arrangement of structures form an enclosed space for residences of the rulers and their elite group. The palaces that make up the Acropolis presents the typical Mayan vault and are decorated with stucco policrornados.
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