Joya De Cerén, the Pompeii of the Americas.

Posted: October 15, 2014 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel

Joya De Cerén El Salvador should not be missed. UNESCO says this about this site. Joya de Cerén was a pre-Hispanic farming community that, like Pompeii in Italy, it was buried under an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano c. AD 600. In fact, it is nicknamed “The Pompeii of the Americas”.  Because of the exceptional condition of the remains, they provide an insight into the daily lives of the Central American populations who worked the land at that time.

The site was discovered in 1976 by a bulldozer driver leveling ground for a government agricultural project. It was explored by Payson Sheets, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, in 1978 and 1980. Excavation resumed in 1988, and has been continuous since then. About 70 buildings have been uncovered, including storehouses, kitchens, living quarters, workshops, a religious structure, and what is known as Temazcal what it was a communal spiritual sauna.

We spent approximately an hour exploring the colorful and informative museum as well as the archaeological site. The cost is quite affordable at $3.00 per person and $1.00 per vehicle.

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