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 flooring tremors and loud steam emissions warned of an coming near near volcanic eruption. The villagers fled, leaving their city to be buried less than 5 meters of volcanic ash and forgotten until eventually a bulldozer exposed facts of the terribly preserved city in 1976. the main intact Precolumbian village in Latin the USA, Cerén has been referred to as the "Pompeii of the recent World."

This ebook and its accompanying CD-ROM and site (ceren.colorado.edu) current whole and unique stories of the excavations performed at Cerén considering that 1978 through a multidisciplinary crew of archaeologists, ethnographers, volcanologists, geophysicists, botanists, conservators, and others. The ebook is split into sections that debate the actual setting and assets, loved ones constructions and financial system, detailed structures and their makes use of, artifact research, and topical and theoretical issues.

As the authors current and research Cerén's homes and their items, workshops, civic and spiritual structures, kitchen gardens, planted fields, and rubbish dumps, a brand new and lots more and plenty clearer photo of ways commoners lived throughout the Maya vintage interval emerges. those findings represent landmark contributions to the anthropology and archaeology of critical America.

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