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Tazumal, a Maya-Tempel in Chalchuapa. Chalchuapa is located 76km northwest of San Salvador.

The Maya ruins of Tazumal are the most important and best preserved in El Salvador. In the Quiché language the name Tazumal means 'pyramid where the victims were burned.' Archaeologists estimate that the first settlements in the area were around 5000 BC. The excavated structures date from a period spanning over 1000 years. The artifacts found at Tazumal provide evidence of ancient and active trade between Tazumal and places as far away as Panama and Mexico.

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Additional Photos by Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5086 W: 56 N: 10114] (41972)
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