Tuesday, 6 August 2013

El Rastrojón, newly opened archaeological Maya site in Copán Ruinas (Honduras)

Tourists visiting Copan Ruins now also have the possibility to visit the archaeological site El Rastrojón, officially opened on August 6, 2013, by officials of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History (IHAH), Harvard University and the Welchez Foundation.

The Rastrojón Copan Archaeological Project (Paracopán) began in 2007, under the direction of archaeologists William Fash and Jorge Ramos, who both participated in the inauguration. This ancient site will hopefully become a new attraction for visitors headed towards Copán Ruinas.

The Rastrojón Site is located at two kilometers from the archaeological park (entrance to Hotel Clarion) and is named for its dense vegetation and difficult access. This important place is described by researchers as a military base and was first identified as such by archaeologists in 1979, while develop ping a project mapping.

El Rastrojón consists of several buildings and was used for over 1,300 years as a defense for kings and nobles Mayan Copan, who by that time were going through a really serious political crisis, according to archaeologists.
The discovery of obsidian and flint spears on top of a hill is explained by experts who suggest that this Maya site was some sort of military barrack to defend Copan and its kings. Well worth visiting and yet another reason to come to Copán Ruinas!

Source: La Prensa