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KAMINALJUYU

KAMINALJUYU
Near Guatemala City, Guatemala
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BACKGROUND

The archaeological park of Kaminaljuyu is located in Guatemala’s highland central valley, in close proximity to the ever-expanding urban development of Guatemala City. Kaminaljuyu, or “place of the ancestors” in the Mayan K'iche' language, is one of the few Maya complexes of earthen construction to have survived in the region. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Following the inclusion on the Watch, Kaminaljuyu archaeological park underwent a series of improvements, including the construction of a visitor center and improved signage to help tourists understand the importance of the structures within the park. Funding from the government of Japan assisted local authorities with improved stewardship of the site. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The site is of enormous symbolic importance to the people and heritage of Guatemala. Its role as the nucleus in a complex political and economic environment, as well as its ceremonial and civic-administrative functions, was critical to the development of the region over the centuries. This site is also a unique example of exposed adobe architecture in the tropical highland. (...)