Rio Azul – Lost Maya City – Part III

Ruins of The Americas | | August 3, 2009 at 8:05 am


mirador rio axul nakbeThe robbed burials of Tomb 12 that were discovered in 1985 lay beneath the highest temple complex, there were glyphs found on the walls that referred to the four chief directions in accurate orientation. A blue colored vessel was found that was considered to be a grave offering or a gift from Rio Azul ruler that is placed in the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Also unravelled was the most ancient kind of discovery was a four inch high Maya statuette sculpted in a form of a whistle about 1,500years ago in an untouched burial of Tomb 23 and may depict the buried noble. A glyph found on a pot from a companion burial Tomb 19 depicts the riverside city. A 1,500 year old skeletal remains of a tall Mayan along with precious artefacts were uncovered from Tomb 19.

Valuable items were mostly concealed in memorial caches amounting to Rio Azulthirteen in number discovered underneath the floor of a temple. A big carved ear flare covered with cinnabar and a two inch long intricately carved shell pendant was among the artefacts uncovered in cylindrical jars.

Though most of Rio Azul’s fortunes are part of private collections, one can still find numerous pieces on show in Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología in Guatemala. A road connecting Uaxactun and Rio Azul goes through Naachtun-Dos Lagunas Biotope travelable only during the arid season through four wheel drive.  One can hike or trek or hitch a horseback ride to this secluded outpost that takes nearly five days in one way. Visits can be organised at Campamento El Chiclero located in Uaxactun.

rio azulOn arrival at the site, one would need to pass the Rio Ixcan to reach the guards camp location located on the other side. The exact archaeological site is a further six kilometres along well-maintained road that follows north twelve kilometres to the border area of Tres Banderas.

An must visit is Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa about 71kilometres east from Mazatenango where one can find located close to the town stand within the fields and sugarcane plantations impressive stone heads chiselled with fantastic faces and magnificent relief views that depict the mesmeric Pipil culture that boomed between A.D. 500 -700.

Rio Azul – Lost Maya City – Part I

Rio Azul – Lost Maya City – Part II

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