Mayan burials discovered in Honduras' Copán Archaeological Park
Last week, the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History announced an important discovery in the Copán Archaeological Park, located in western Honduras, which continues to boost Honduras' position as the destination with the most diverse tourism offering in Central America, due in part to its rich history.
|Archaeologists and media gathered at the newly discovered burial site in Copan |
[Credit: Honduras Presidency]
According to the preliminary analysis these burial sites are from the sixth century, between 500 and 550 A.D. Judging by the rich offerings found at the site and the results of previous findings in the area, researchers believe that individuals buried there were members of Copán high society, possibly of the Copán dynasty.
Research director, archaeologist, Seiichi Nakamura, professor at the University of Kanazawa in Japan, expressed that these burial sites were for sacrifices or offerings for other important burials.
The Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History leads archaeological research and the conservation of structures through a grant from the Japanese government. The area of study is located 150 meters north of the Grand Plaza at Copán, where 150 burial sites have been discovered to date, including one of a 12 to 13 year-old child, who was most likely a member of Copan's royal family in the sixth century.
The discovery site will remain open for tours, a new attraction at the Copán Archaeological Park. The tours will be introduced by the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History and visitors will be able to witness the excavations and conservation of archaeological findings firsthand.
Source: PR Newswire [September 27, 2016]