The Zaculeu Ruins

The Zaculeu Ruins

The trend of all knowledge at the present is to specialize, but archaeology has in it all the qualities that call for the wide view of the human race, of its growth from the savage to the civilized, which is seen in all stages of social and religious development. – Margaret Murray

The Zaculeu Ruins are Mayan archaeological site located in Huehuetenango, in the highlands western region of Guatemala. Zaculeu came from “Zakuleu” a king during the Postclassic Mam Kingdom, who leads the resistance against the Spanish conquest. Though the size of the temples in this site are not as big as the ones found in Peten, the structures are not that small at all. The site contains a number of temple-pyramids, governmental palaces and a ball court for playing Mesoamerican ballgame. The site was restored in 1940s by a fruit company, however, the restoration wasn’t made as it was supposed to be like the rest of the mayan cities, therefore the appearance differs in style.

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