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By Payson Sheets

ISBN-10: 0292777612

ISBN-13: 9780292777613

On an August night round advert six hundred, citizens of the Cerén village within the Zapotitán Valley of what's now El Salvador have been sitting all the way down to their nightly meal whilst flooring tremors and loud steam emissions warned of an drawing close volcanic eruption. The villagers fled, leaving their city to be buried below 5 meters of volcanic ash and forgotten till a bulldozer exposed proof of the terribly preserved city in 1976. the main intact Precolumbian village in Latin the USA, Cerén has been referred to as the "Pompeii of the hot World."

This booklet and its accompanying CD-ROM and site ( current entire and distinct stories of the excavations performed at Cerén considering that 1978 by way of a multidisciplinary staff of archaeologists, ethnographers, volcanologists, geophysicists, botanists, conservators, and others. The publication is split into sections that debate the actual surroundings and assets, loved ones buildings and economic climate, designated structures and their makes use of, artifact research, and topical and theoretical issues.

As the authors current and learn Cerén's homes and their items, workshops, civic and spiritual structures, kitchen gardens, planted fields, and rubbish dumps, a brand new and lots more and plenty clearer photograph of ways commoners lived in the course of the Maya vintage interval emerges. those findings represent landmark contributions to the anthropology and archaeology of principal America.

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Volcanology, stratigraphy, and structures vertically or nearly vertically from eruption columns. 6 km from the inferred vent, fallout deposits also contain ballistic blocks 3 and lapilli that help to account for the poorly sorted nature of many of the lapilli- and ash-fall deposits (Fig. 7). Tephra-fall deposits affected the site by igniting flammable materials, by their impact, and through burial. Accumulations of tephra 10 cm or more thick, particularly if wet, also could have caused collapse of thatched roofs; this certainly is true of modern structures (Blong 1984, 212).

Each bed consists of poorly sorted, friable, clast-supported lapilli that are dominantly juvenile. Unit 13 is similar to Units 4, 7, and 9 in its overall characteristics. Unit 9 is a massive juvenile block- and lapilli-fall deposit that blankets the area with a layer of fairly constant thickness. Like Units 4 and 7, the lower half of Unit 9 contains some coarse ash, in addition to blocks and lapilli, and is therefore slightly indurated. The upper half of Unit 9 is clast-supported, friable, and better sorted than the lower half.

It is surrounded on the east, south, and west by structures that evidently had a civic function (Sheets 1992a). The northern edge of the plaza is not known, because it was destroyed during the 1976 bulldozing operations. Three household clusters and numerous scattered houses are visible on GPR profiles within the northern portion of the radar grids. The structure density in this relatively small area indicates that the population density at Cerén may have been quite high at the time of the eruption.

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