Quiriguá

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Quiriguá

(kērēgwä`, kērēwä`), city of the Classic epoch of the MayaMaya
, indigenous people of S Mexico and Central America, occupying an area comprising the Yucatán peninsula and much of the present state of Chiapas in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, parts of El Salvador, and extreme western Honduras.
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, E Guatemala. It is famous for its zoomorphics. Its stone steles have fine hieroglyphs. Near the ruins the United Fruit Company maintains a hospital.

Quiriguá

 

a city of the ancient Mayans.

Quiriguá was founded in the Montagua River valley (in contemporary Guatemala) by settlers from Copan in the second half of the seventh century A.D., this explains the resemblance of the ornate decorative style of architecture and sculpture of these two cities. Quiriguá fell into decay in the ninth century. The ruins of the city were first examined by the English artist F. Catherwood in 1840. Later the ruins were studied by the English scholar A. P. Maudslay and by American scholars (who took part in expeditions sent by the Archaeological Institute of America and the Carnegie Institute). The tall four-sided sculptured stelae and the fanciful carvings of mythical monsters are the most well known among the monuments.

REFERENCES

Stephens, J. L. Incidents of Travel in Central America: Chiapas and Yucatan. New York, 1841.
Maudslay, A. P. Archaeology, vols. 1–4. London, 1889–1902.
Morley, S. G. Inscriptions of Petén, vols. 1–6. Washington, 1937–38.
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Near us are those of Copan, while toward the frontier are those of Quirigua, which are even better preserved than the former.
Contract awarded for acquisition of material used to driving rain water in the park archaeological quirigua
From here (in better weather) it's worth travelling further afield to the Quirigua Mayan ruins.
The 2014 Summit will announce the newest sites nominated to the 500, including: the Ancient City of Damascus in Syria, Quirigua in Guatemala, and the Medieval Palace of Visegrad in Hungary.
The Santo Tomas de Castilla Port, on the Atlantic coast, offers visitors a quick gateway to the UNESCO declared Mayan ruins of Quirigua.
The Copan group, characterised in particular by a dominance of Ixtepeque obsidian, also includes Quirigua, likewise positioned near the Ixtepeque source, but also Ek Luum, a coastal settlement at the entrance to Chetumal Bay.
We visited the Mayan cities of Quirigua and Tikal, as well as the Baroque and ladina Antigua, all declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In addition to documenting the data from the Classic Maya site of Quirigua, she explains what the data reveals about such matters as demography, land use, craft production, factions, civic planning, and social memory.
Iguanas, tropical birds, half-mile trails of leaf-cutter ants, and hundreds of species of tropical plants make Quirigua a nice daytime stop while travelling north.
His name turns up on a stone monument at Quirigua, 30 miles north of Copan, notes David Stuart of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, who says the monument may mark a successful battle at Quirigua by the forces of Smoke Imix.
In Guatemala, there are sparkling waterfalls, freshwater pools in San Gill Hill Natural Reserve and an old Mayan city at Quirigua National Park.