Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jo Ellen Burkholder
Located in the highlands of central El Salvador, El Cerén, or Joya de Cerén, has been described as the “Pompeii of the Americas.” Discovered by accident in 1976, the Classic Maya site was covered with more than 5 meters of ash from an eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano circa AD 600, leaving this hamlet in an outstanding condition of preservation. It is registered with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site. At the time of the Loma Caldera eruption, Cerén was a hamlet on the banks of the Rio Sucio. Data from several years of excavation suggest that people were just finishing their evening meal when the first signs of ...