Maya Site of Copan

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Discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio, the ruins of Copán, one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization, were not excavated until the 19th century. The ruined citadel and imposing public squares reveal the three main stages of development before the city was abandoned in the early 10th century.

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  • The rulers of Copán were able to sustain their political and military power for 400 years, with a dynasty of 16 kings (called “ahaus”) overseeing the city’s expansion.
  • By studying burials at Copán, anthropologists know that by the 8th century the people of Copán suffered from both malnutrition and disease. This was probably linked to their poor agricultural methods.
  • The valley of Copán extends for approximately 10 square miles and the remains of Maya stone monuments, structures, and pyramids can be found almost anywhere in it.

Year of Inscription: 1980

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Discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio, the ruins of Copán, one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization, were not excavated until the 19th century. The ruined citadel and imposing public squares reveal the three main stages of development before the city was abandoned in...

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