New Archaeological Site Found in Tamanique, El Salvador

A new archaeological site was identified in Tamanique city, 30 minutes away from El Tunco beach, by the authorities of the Directorate of Archeology of the Ministry of Culture and the University of Foreign Studies of Kyoto (KYOTO GAIDAI).

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It was made by a group of Salvadoran and Japanese archaeologists who participated between March 18 and 20 in «the first stage of the 2019 season of the Tamanique Archaeological Project.»

A new archaeological site was identified in the municipality of Tamanique, department of La Libertad, by the authorities of the Directorate of Archeology of the Ministry of Culture and the University of Foreign Studies of Kyoto (KYOTO GAIDAI).

The authorities of Culture manifested, without detailing the precise place, that the finding was possible after, between March 18 and 20, a group of archaeologists will carry out in the municipality «the first stage of the 2019 season of the Tamanique Archaeological Project «

«A new archaeological site was identified thanks to the notice of the owner of the property in which it is located,» said archaeologist Miriam Méndez, who is one of the project’s participants.

«This will be important when proposing connections between the lower areas with the tops of the hills and the middle parts of the skirts of the same, since this distribution may be interesting conclusions about trade routes, type of occupation of the permanent or temporary settlements, access routes between each of them, among other interesting data, «he added.

Through a statement, the Ministry of Culture specified that in this first season they were able to «map» also the groups of structures that were already registered in previous years. These are El Cañal, El Cañalito, El Carao, El Zapote, El Panteoncito and Miramar.

«In addition, new structures were identified through the drone and a more detailed analysis was made of the use of the spaces, and the relationship between one and another settlement,» said the Culture authorities.

According to the Ministry of Culture, Tamanique has an important number of archaeological sites, of which San Isidro Cooperative (where El Panteoncito is located) has been one of the two most researched sectors in the last decade by the archaeologist Méndez.

«The effort is aimed at a community project in which the members of the cooperative are guardians of the heritage they protect on their land and that this serves to boost local development from the enhancement of this archaeological site,» said the archaeologist

Among the Japanese team that participated in this first stage are archaeologists Misaki Fukaya, representative of KYOTO GAIDAI, and Isao Shimazu, technician of the company Techno System, who is in charge of preparing the corresponding maps.

«The work with KYOTO GAIDAI is part of the proposal for a cooperation agreement to be signed with the Ministry of Culture,» he said.

The Culture authorities assured that there are still pending activities to develop for this year, so they hope to continue working hand in hand with the inhabitants of this municipality to continue with the exploration work.

«The involvement of the community will continue to be crucial in terms of raising awareness and the spirit of appropriation that we wish to strengthen among the inhabitants in the face of their pre-Hispanic legacy,» said the Archeology Department, «they concluded.

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