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ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK AND RUINS OF QUIRIGUÁ

ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK AND RUINS OF QUIRIGUÁ
Los Amates, Izabal Department, Guatemala
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BACKGROUND

Located near the Motagua River in Guatemala, Quiriguá is an archaeological site dating to the Classic Maya period. The monumental complex of pyramids, terraces, and stairways are echoes of a time when the city prospered from trade in jade and obsidian under the rule of K'ak' Tiliw Chan Yopaat, between 724 and 785. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

A management plan was developed to address contingency plans and mitigation for forest fires, storms, and floods in Guatemala’s northern region. In Quiriguá, implementation of the plan is constrained by limited resources and encroachment of surrounding private industry. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The risk assessment and management plan being developed at Quiriguá will be important for the site as well as setting standards for other sites in the country. The project aims to establish a replicable methodology and model that can be utilized to assess archaeological heritage throughout Guatemala facing similar challenges to improve disaster preparedness and mitigate potential threats.

SPOTLIGHT

World Monuments Watch Day

At Watch Day in Quiriguá, 25 students participated in a guided tour of the archaeological park, learning about the ancient Maya city and the impact of climate change on the site. During the visit, the children played games to identify national coins depicted in the ancient stelae, and had a coloring competition.

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