El Salvador: Archeological Concerns

Hugh C. Talley






I come across this article in my research today and just wanted to put it out to our followers. I am sorry, it may be a little hard to understand because I translated this using the software that I have and it is not the best.

This is some of the problems that archaeologists are faced with when trying to save sites and research the history. I took this information from  Fundar, Fundación Nacional de Arqueología de El Salvador’s post.  you can go to the site or find it on FaceBook if you go there they have some pictures posted. It is very sad to see this history being destroyed, I hope they can stop it.

Secultura denounces damage to archeological site Tacuxcalco
A construction company began a housing project in August of 2017. Construction was temporarily stopped due to the intervention of archaeologists.

By Alfredo García
Jan 05, 2018-16:10

The Tacuxcalco archaeological site, located in the Department of Sonsonate, has suffered some damage due to the construction of a housing project.

Construction work began in August of 2017, and because complaints citizens who received the culture secretariat of the Presidency (Secultura) archaeologists launched an investigation, said representatives of the institution.

“El Salvador archaeology”: a new contribution to history “When we arrived the complaint citizens became the first technical inspection it was found that the grounds which are to the North of the archaeological site were being altered, and was intended to develop a housing project.

Interventions reached even 10 meters from one of the monticulada structures”, said Hugo Díaz, head of the Department of archaeology of Secultura. “It was determined that you damaged a cultural layer, earlier that portion of the site was already quite altered due to decades of cane crops, but the construction of streets eliminated it,” said Diaz.

The cultural layer is the layer where the ancient inhabitants (probably Mayas) lived, usually contain traces and archaeological information. This belongs to the Preclassic period until the Postclassic.

At the beginning of the Fenix S.A. de C.V. intervention lacked Secultura permissions. After the archaeological study area was divided into A and sector B. “Within the properties that were going to be altered by the housing project appeared several structures, one of them quite well conserved, possibly from the post-classic period.” Already is it defined as a protected area”, described Diaz.

The Secultura archaeologist said that the case has been reported environment courts and the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Santa Ana. They Currently await a resolution for the damage caused by the company.

After the investigation, Secultura authorized the continuation of the construction of the housing project to 250 meters, approximately, the boundary of the site.


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