U.S. makes contribution to the archaeological site Kaminaljuyú
Ambassador Arnold Chacón visits the archaeological park Kaminaljuyú
BY SERGIO MORALES
GUATEMALA CITY – The U.S. government donated U.S. $ 50 thousand to the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation 2012 for the preservation and restoration of archaeological site Kaminaljuyú.
Barbara Arroyo, coordinator of the archaeological site reported that the funds will be used to finish the cover of two acropolis and start a conservation project for this and hire experts.
U.S. Ambassador Arnold Chacón said that in five years, Guatemala has received $ 1 million for the preservation of cultural heritage.
"We are interested in American cultural heritage as we have here and there is much academic interest of tourists to come and appreciate the past of Guatemala, "said Chacon.
Arroyo welcomed the contribution of the U.S. government after noting that the government allocation to Kaminaljuyú insufficient for the needs of the park.
"The budget is at around Q350 Q500 thousand a year is minimal, and last year we received over 25 thousand visitors, but with the necessary promotion you can get more," the expert said.
Kaminaljuyú is located in Zone 7 of the capital city, and is of the Maya Late Classic period. The site was inhabited in the year 850 AD. C. However, there is documentation that the city has been inhabited since the year 10 of the same era, and that its construction may have started a thousand years earlier.
Courtesy Prensa Libre