Photographer's Note

The photo from prehistorical times, it means predigital era.

Luciano's photos from Mexico reminded me my trip to Central America in 2001. I visited Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Well, in Honduras only a few hours, without visa, only a stamp in the pass, but enough to see fantastic ruins of Copan. I was crazy about Mayan monuments and climbed every pyramid. It was usually possible. Copan was very interesting, with beautiful stellas and stairs with inscriptions. And only few tourists. Also here on TE there are few photos. This is the most famous sculpture there.
It is a scan, of course.

Copán is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization located in the Copán Department of western Honduras, not far from the border with Guatemala. It was the capital city of a major Classic period kingdom from the 5th to 9th centuries AD. The city was located in the extreme southeast of the Mesoamerican cultural region, on the frontier with the Isthmo-Colombian cultural region, and was almost surrounded by non-Maya peoples. In this fertile valley now lies a city of about 3000, a small airport, and a winding road.

Copán was occupied for more than two thousand years, from the Early Preclassic period right through to the Postclassic. The city developed a distinctive sculptural style within the tradition of the lowland Maya, perhaps to emphasize the Maya ethnicity of the city's rulers.

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