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In Pictures: Excavating A Village Frozen in Time

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(Image credit: Payson Sheets, University of Colorado)

While excavating the Maya village of Ceren, researchers have discovered a unique road, which was likely how the villagers managed to flee the billowing plume of volcanic ash from the Loma Caldera volcano as it rolled through the town some 1,400 years ago. Shown here, the sacbe, or "white way," — a paved road built by the Maya usually to connect temples, plazes and groups of structures within ceremonial centers or cities — shown here with a drainage canal on the left and several corn plants preserved by ash on the right in the Maya village. [Read full story]

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(Image credit: Payson Sheets, University of Colorado)

Researchers discovered an ancient Maya white road known as a sacbe has been discovered buried under roughly 17 feet of volcanic ash at the archaeological village of Ceren in El Salvador by a University of Colorado Boulder team. [Read full story]

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Structures at the Maya village of Ceren, a 1,400-year-old site, where the Loma Caldera volcano erupted less than a third of a mile away. [Read full story]

Ceren Manoic Field

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Payson Sheets and his team uncovered a field of manioc shrubs (and their edible, starchy tubers) one-third the size of football in the Mayan farming village of Ceren in El Salvador.[Read full story]

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(Image credit: Payson Sheets, University of Colorado)

Workers stand around the excavation pit at Ceren. [Read full story]

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(Image credit: Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz)

Structures at the Ceren site. [Read full story]

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(Image credit: Payson Sheets, University of Colorado )

Payson Sheets is in charge of the Ceren dig that discovered the ancient white ash sacbe road. [Read full story]

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(Image credit: Payson Sheets, University of Colorado)

Workers stand around the excavation pit at Ceren. [Read full story]

ceren

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(Image credit: Payson Sheets, University of Colorado)

Near the ancient road, the researchers found several hollows of ancient maize plants, to preserve their shape; the researchers filled them with plaster in the round pedestals of volcanic ash. [Read full story]

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(Image credit: Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz)

Structures at the Ceren site. [Read full story]

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culture, archeology, ancient ruins, ash-covered Maya village. Mayan village, ancient Maya village, village frozen in time, Maya ancient road, ancient Maya stone road, ancient agriculture, ancient Yucatan villages, ancient yucatan and Maya cultures,

(Image credit: Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz)

Structures at the Ceren site. [Read full story]