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Maya Site of Copan
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 250-900
Date of Inscription: 1980
Location: South America, Honduras, Copán; westernmost part of the country
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Description: Though discovered by Diego García de Palacio in 1570, the ruins of Copán (one of the Mayan civilization most important sites) were not excavated until the 19th century. The ruined citadel and impressive public squares reveal the three main phases of development before the city’s abandonment in the early 10th century. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Maya civilization is a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as its spectacular art, monumental architecture, and sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems. Initially established during the Preclassic period, many of these reached their apogee of development during the Classic period (c. 250 to 900), and continued throughout the Postclassic period until the arrival of the Spanish. At its peak, it was one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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