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Near San Juan Opico, La Libertad, El Salvador — Central America (West Coast)
 

Joya de Cerén

 
 
Joya de Cerén Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
1. Joya de Cerén Marker
Inscription.  

Gobierno de la República de El Salvador
Joya de Cerén
Patrimonio de la Humanidad
Este sitio arqueológico Joya de Cerén, fue solemnemente declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad en la XVII sesión del Comité del Patrimonio Mundial de UNESCO el día 8 de diciembre de 1993, en Cartagena, Colombia, siendo Presidente de la República el Licenciado Alfredo Felix Cristiani.
Ministerio de Educación
San Salvador, El Salvador, C.A.

English translation:
Government of the Republic of El Salvador
Joya de Cerén
World Heritage Site
This archaeological site Joya de Cerén, was solemnly declared a World Heritage Site in the XVII session of the World Heritage Site Committee of UNESCO on December 8, 1993, in Cartagena, Colombia, under the President of the Republic Alfredo Felix Cristiani.
Ministry of Education
San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America
Seals of El Salvador, UNESCO and CONCULTURA
 
Erected 1993.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans
Wide view of the Joya de Cerén Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
2. Wide view of the Joya de Cerén Marker
An additional UNESCO marker is on the left and a map of the site on the right.
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Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1819.
 
Location. 13° 49.704′ N, 89° 21.394′ W. Marker is near San Juan Opico, La Libertad. Marker is near the entrance to the archaeological expositions at the Joya de Cerén park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Juan Opico, La Libertad 00515, El Salvador. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The San Salvador Volcano Complex (approx. 4 kilometers away in San Salvador); Abandonment of the San Andrés Archaeological Site (approx. 4.6 kilometers away); Indigo Production at San Andrés (approx. 4.7 kilometers away); San Andrés was an extensive prehispanic settlement (approx. 4.7 kilometers away); San Andrés Archaeological Site (approx. 4.7 kilometers away); Structure 7 at San Andrés Archaeological Site (approx. 4.8 kilometers away); El Boqueron National Park (approx. 13.4 kilometers away); Juan Pablo Duarte (approx. 17.3 kilometers away in San Salvador).
 
Regarding Joya de Cerén.
Joya de Cerén was a pre-Hispanic farming community that, like Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, was buried under an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano c. AD 600. Because
Joya de Cerén Comunal House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
3. Joya de Cerén Comunal House
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 during the construction of Government grain-storage silos in 1976, when a clay-built structure was exposed by a bulldozer. Excavations were carried out under the direction of Dr. Paysan D. Sheets (University of Colorado) in 1978 and 1980, but were interrupted by El Salvador's civil war. They were resumed in 1989 and have been continuing since that time.
 
Joya de Cerén Sauna marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
4. Joya de Cerén Sauna marker
The sauna was a place to purify and clean oneself.
Joya de Cerén sauna image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
5. Joya de Cerén sauna
Water was poured over heated rocks inside the sauna. This same system is still used by indigenous people in Central America today.
Joya de Cerén Shaman area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
6. Joya de Cerén Shaman area
This house was were a local "shaman" practiced their arts.
Joya de Cerén shaman area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
7. Joya de Cerén shaman area
Joya de Cerén domestic group image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
8. Joya de Cerén domestic group
A domestic grouping was made up of a house, a kitchen and a storage room.
Joya de Cerén domestic grouping of buildings image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
9. Joya de Cerén domestic grouping of buildings
Joya de Cerén museum image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
10. Joya de Cerén museum
Joya de Cerén informational marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
11. Joya de Cerén informational marker
This marker describes that Joya de Cerén was one of many pre-Hispanic communities in an area known as Zapotitlan.
Joya de Cerén buried building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
12. Joya de Cerén buried building
One of the first buried buildings on the site tour.
Joya de Cerén Comunal House informational marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 7, 2015
13. Joya de Cerén Comunal House informational marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 500 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on March 14, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 29, 2022