Before the Volcano Erupted: The Ancient Cerén Village in Central America

Before the Volcano Erupted: The Ancient Cerén Village in Central America


On an August night round advert six hundred, citizens of the Cerén village within the Zapotitán Valley of what's now El Salvador have been sitting all the way down to their nightly meal while floor tremors and loud steam emissions warned of an coming near near volcanic eruption. The villagers fled, leaving their city to be buried lower than 5 meters of volcanic ash and forgotten until eventually a bulldozer exposed proof of the terribly preserved city in 1976. the main intact Precolumbian village in Latin the US, Cerén has been known as the "Pompeii of the recent World."

This ebook and its accompanying CD-ROM and web site (ceren.colorado.edu) current whole and distinct reviews of the excavations conducted at Cerén considering the fact that 1978 through a multidisciplinary staff of archaeologists, ethnographers, volcanologists, geophysicists, botanists, conservators, and others. The booklet is split into sections that debate the actual atmosphere and assets, family buildings and economic system, distinct structures and their makes use of, artifact research, and topical and theoretical issues.

As the authors current and examine Cerén's homes and their items, workshops, civic and non secular structures, kitchen gardens, planted fields, and rubbish dumps, a brand new and lots more and plenty clearer photograph of the way commoners lived in the course of the Maya vintage interval emerges. those findings represent landmark contributions to the anthropology and archaeology of imperative America.

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