Documenting an early frieze depiciting a scene from the Popul Vuh- a structure related to the management and control of water collection
FARES, GHF, PACUNAM, and the Government of Guatemala have formally opened the site of El Mirador, the largest Maya complex in the world, to the public including complete restoration of the entire complex of El Mirador, the namesake for Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve, containing the oldest and largest pyramid in the Maya world – La Danta.
El Mirador will become the engine for sustainable tourism and economic development in Northern Peten, Guatemala. We expect to complete the conservation of La Danta in 2012 along with 10-12 other major buildings at El Mirador. Multiple sources of funding will complete the restoration and conservation of La Danta, the North Acropolis, Structure 34, La Muerta and Cascabel complexes.
Mirador’s most important archaeological treasures include:
FARES and partner PACUNAM also support the nomination process of cultural and / or natural properties as world heritage declared by UNESCO, providing support to the World Heritage Delegation of Guatemala.
The Archaeological Management Plan for the Mirador Cultural and Natural System is a joint effort of PACUNAM, FARES, IDAEH, and GHF, to develop a logical and efficient framework for the activities of archaeological research and conservation of the area, taking into account the development of tourism in the next 10 to 15 years. This framework presents a clear management structure with specific geographical areas for nature protection, archaeological research and conservation, and the development of sustainable activities. It also outlines priorities for the archaeological activity and the development of tourism circuit. This circuit provides the basis for the conservation of resources and the expansion of tourism, promoting the growth of local economies and the improvement of the existing infrastructure.
Archaeological studies and conservation measures are performed at the following sites, as of 2010:
Southern Mirador Basin:Preliminary exploration, test excavations, and mapping were conducted in the following ancient cities.