}

The Pital is a gift of the pre-Hispanic past for the future that can unravel ancient mysteries.

 El Pital was a massive city that served as a center of regional trade and culture beginning around 1,600 years ago and peaked in the Classic Period.A.D. 300 to A.D. 900.  Evident, beneath banana and orange plantations, are temple mounds and courts used in a ritual ball game. Beyond small trench studies and GPS mapping the site has not been extensively studied. For more info, contact S. Jeffrey K. Wilkerson, director of the Institute for Cultural Ecology of the Tropics: sjkwicet@yahoo.com.

el-pital
The Pital is a gift of the pre-Hispanic past for the future that can unravel ancient mysteries.Click to Tweet
el-pital-01

elpital-mapIn an exuberant river delta on the Gulf of Mexico, archaeologists found mounds of temples, ball fields, and other vestiges of a pre-Columbian port city at the end of 1994 that flourished more than 1,500 years ago and may have been a center of ancient culture and coastal commerce.

A preliminary survey of the site, about 60 miles northwest of the modern city of Veracruz, has revealed the ruins of over 100 pyramids of land and stone and other structures, some reaching heights of 130 feet, which had long remained vegetation dense The central city and its suburbs extended over 40 square miles and were occupied by thousands, possibly more than 20,000 - large for that time and region.

 El Pital was a massive city that served as a center of regional trade and culture beginning around 1,600 years ago and peaked in the Classic Period.A.D. 300 to A.D. 900.  Evident, beneath banana and orange plantations, are temple mounds and courts used in a ritual ball game. Beyond small trench studies and GPS mapping the site has not been extensively studied. For more info, contact S. Jeffrey K. Wilkerson, director of the Institute for Cultural Ecology of the Tropics: sjkwicet@yahoo.com.
In any case, the old city, called El Pital for a nearby town, is considered as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the region of Veracruz in more than 200 years. The city is called 'Pivotal'.

For centuries the site of El Pital was obscured by the rainforest. The land was opened to agriculture in the 1930s and is now heavily planted in bananas and oranges. People who lived there and worked on the fruit plantations took the mounds for granted, assuming they were natural hills.
If you liked this article, subscribe to the feed by clicking the image below to keep informed about new contents of the blog:
 

Maria Susana Diaz

I like nature, cooking and photography. In my travels between Argentina and Italy I prefer witness through photography environment, natural and gastronomic riches.

No comments:

Post a Comment