Archeologist Héctor Escobedo during his lecture on Waka´, at the UFM

The Pre-hispanic center El Perú, Petén, slowly rises as a strategic place in the political history of the classic Mayan world and the history of this city was told at Museo Popol Vuh of Universidad Francisco Marroquín by Archeologist Héctor Escobedo, coordinator of the Archeological project El Perú Waka´.

After four seasons of archeological investigations, we are trying to understand the history and the construction programs from the local governments.  The 2006 excavations resulted in spectacular tomb discoveries with polychromatic vases, ceramic figures and artifacts made from jade and shells from the late classic period (550-820 AD).  The extraordinary quality of these funerary offerings suggests that the human remains that accompany them correspond to royalty members.

In this conference, the co-director of the Archaeological project El Perú-Waka´ related the findings and content of those graves, and his interpretation of the enigmatic identity of its occupants, from whose reigns there are no written records.

Doctor Héctor Escobedo has made some investigation in important archaeological sites like Piedras Negras, Kaminaljuyú, Dos Pilas and San Bartolo.  He is author and editor of numerous books and articles, focused primarily on archaeology and hieroglyphics writings of the Mayan lower lands.

The conference, sponsored by Pollo Campero, was held last March 8 of 2007 at Universidad Francisco Marroquín and organized by Museo Popol Vuh.  The presentation was made by Oswaldo Chinchilla, curator of the museum, and Andrés Wyld, representing the sponsor.

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