Community building in Maya village Ceren
A community building in Ceren, a Maya village in El Salvador, believed to have been used by elders to make decisions. Note the two large stone benches. In A.D. 660, the village was blasted by toxic gas, pummeled by lava bombs and then choked by a 17-foot layer of ash falling over several days after the Loma Caldera volcano, less than half a mile away, erupted, leaving Ceren frozen in time.
Learn more about National Science Foundation-supported archaeological research taking place there in the NSF News From the Field story Buried in ash, ancient Salvadoran village shows images of daily life. (Date image taken: 2000-2015; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Oct. 10, 2019)
Credit: University of Colorado
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