Археология стран мира: Гондурас
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"The Museum building was planned to reflect the central concepts of the Maya world view. The entrance is a stylized mouth of a mythical serpent, symbolizing a portal from one world to the next. As you proceed through the tunnel you have a senence entering another place and time. The entrance also evokes the tunnels that archaeologists dig to reveal the earlier constructions buried inside the pyramidal bases of ancient Maya buildings." Небольшая информационная страничка.
"Copan Ruins are located in the western part of Republic of Honduras, Central America in the Department of Copan. The capital of this Department is the city of Santa Rosa de Copan, formerly known as "Los Llanos". Copan is the archeological city located south of the whole geographic area, and it is where the great Mayan Civilization developed and flourished. (The area is 325,000 square kilometers and comprises the southeastern part of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and part of El Salvador). San Jose de Copan, situated one kilometer from the principal group of ruins in this archeological zone, is a modern town which was founded during the last century and at present is called “COPAN RUINS”, or “RUINAS DE COPAN”. It has a population of about 3,000 inhabitants and has a decidedly colonial aspect. The town has a good electric service, good drinking water and hotels."
Mark Leger. "The Maya, sons of the days, are made up of time," Eduardo Galleano recently wrote. He was referring to two things: their brilliant traditional calendars, products of astronomical knowledge until recently unrivaled by any other culture. And the Mayan ability to endure. The Mayan ruins of central America are from cities that fell into decline long before Columbus. But many of the traditions reflected in the architecture and art from these sites live on in the modern Mayan world."
"My search for realization of vision has taken many turns during my lifetime. These turns have been the result of a combination of survival instincts and desire for expression. The secret always seemed to be in discovering a voice that came directly out of my experience. As a child I kept trying to find a way to fit in with the world around me, but that world wasn't the one I knew and lived in. My world was a landscape of metaphor, symbol and myth."
// "Copán ranks among the most important of Maya sites for many reasons, but foremost among these is its vast number of hieroglyphic texts. For its relative small size (many other sites in the Maya lowlands are physically larger), the amount of inscribed materials at Copán are truly astounding, suggesting that in some way the elite culture of this ancient kingdom was particularly interested in literate culture and whatever that entailed. It comes as little surprise, therefore, that Copán has long been a focus of intensive epigraphic investigation. The large number of texts at Copán, nearly all on large stone stelae or altars, have given scholars a large amount of texts to be compared and studied, and these texts have played a significant role in the overall effort to break the Maya code. Recently, this great progress in deciphering Copán's inscriptions has not only revealed surprising facts about the local royal history, featuring the rituals and reigns of individual kings over a four-hundred year period, but it has also opened several doors on Maya culture as a whole." Статья 1996 г.
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