Continuation of Project
2003 Field Season
2004 Field Season
2005 Field Season
Chocolá Archaeology: The Project's 2005 Field
again supported by Earthwatch, but with additional sponsorship from
the National Geographic Society, two more large edifices were discovered,
the first possibly a royal palace measuring 24 m on its east façade.
The east façade contained piers and a stairway, and under
the northeast corner of which was found a large ceremonial cache
of exquisite whole vessels.
150 m to the north, another large residence or ceremonial edifice
was found. Immediately outside the south façade a beautifully
carved stone monument was unearthed belonging to the barrigón
or “potbelly” style known from other southern area sites
and characteristic of Middle and Late Preclassic times. Continuing
to explore the hydraulic system at Chocolá, excavation uncovered
several more interlacing conduits around structures.
size and scale of Chocolá’s remains once again were
found to be larger than previously mapped, as entire new areas of
mounds, plazas, surface artifacts and monuments were discovered
to the southwest and southeast, in La Ladrillera and Madremía.
In addition, in 2005, several important events occurred that bring
closer the dream of substantial assistance towards the future of
project research at Chocolá as well as of significant assistance
for the town.
visit to Chocolá for the purpose of advancing these prospects
was arranged that included the ambassador to Guatemala from the
Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Claude Ellner, the Minister of
Culture of Guatemala, Lic. Eduardo Salazar Tetzaguit, the Director
of the Cultural Patrimony of Guatemala, Arq. Arturo Paz, the governor
of the department of Suchitepéquez, Lic. Juan Carlos Contreras
Villagrán, the mayors of San Pablo Jocopilas and Santo Tomás
La Unión, and other officials and dignitaries. A formal proposal
for support was delivered to the German ambassador.
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