San Bartolo, Guatemala
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    Dr. William Saturno excavates the mural paintings by tunneling (Photo: Heather Hurst)The mural is cleaned and stabilized by conservators as the wall is uncovered (Photo: Heather Hurst)Conservator Heather Hurst at work on the San Bartolo murals (Photo: San Bartolo Project)Reconstructing the murals (Photo: L. Ashby)
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    San Bartolo, Guatemala

    The site of San Bartolo, Guatemala is home to the most elaborate series of paintings featuring ancient Maya mythological images known to date. These fragile murals offer archaeologists a rare glimpse into the belief systems of the Late Preclassic Maya, but their preservation is threatened by looting and uncontrolled tourism. The San Bartolo Mural Project aims to conserve these fragile painted fragments and disseminate the wealth of knowledge they contain to the general public through museum exhibits and other outreach initiatives.

Dr. William Saturno excavates the mural paintings by tunneling (Photo: Heather Hurst) The mural is cleaned and stabilized by conservators as the wall is uncovered (Photo: Heather Hurst) Conservator Heather Hurst at work on the San Bartolo murals (Photo: San Bartolo Project) Reconstructing the murals (Photo: L. Ashby)

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