09 de Octubre 2015
The mayan city of Ceren, is considered to be like the Pompey of America, at one time being covered in the ash from a volcano. After remaining buried for sometime, Ceren was discovered, and plans for future construction were put into preparation. The perfect denomination of a city, to be buried under the ashes of a volcano, just like the luck of the city Pompey.
The archaeological site is known well, by its distinct names like "The Pompey of America", "Ceren" and in El Salvador, more common as "The Jewel of Ceren".
The actual territory in El Salvador also is a part of the "Mayab", corresponding with the area that the Mayas occupied in the past. It is also a part of the geographical chain characterized for volcanic activity.
It is here that you will find the mayan city of Ceren, following the parallel destiny of Pompey, buried under volcanic ash (5 meters deep) during a prodigious explosion. (2,000 a 900 AC, corresponding with the Early Classical Period).
For its historical value, it was declared " Patrimonio de la Humanidad" in 1993 for UNESCO. With its simple architectural construction, it was conserved underneath the volcanic ash from the volcano "Laguna Caldera" and remained like this for at least 1,400 years.
It is located approximately 25 minutes or 35 kilometers, from the city San Juan Opico, in La Libertad. The complex in general consist of 17 structures between buildings.
The official study began in 1978 when archaeologists visited the site and were so intrigued for the discovery and history, that they stayed.
It was discovered in 1976, with a tone of surprise. During the leveling of terrain, while a tractor was on property belonging to the Ceren family, it was evident that there were monuments. It was like a gift that they had planned the construction on that exact spot.