Conservation and Outreach at San Bartolo, Guatemala
January 31, 2014

Exterior facade of the Las Pinturas pyramid with completed architectural conservation (Photo: Heather Hurst/San Bartolo Project)
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Read about the conservation and outreach that's been going on at this ancient Maya murals site.

The discovery of mural paintings at San Bartolo in 2001 revealed an elaborate artistic program of mythology and texts from the Late Preclassic period (ca. 400 B.C. – A.D. 250) Maya site. Fourteen meters of intact ancient wall paintings constitute the most extensive preservation of Preclassic Maya mural painting yet discovered. Today the outstanding murals of San Bartolo exist both as buried in situ wall paintings accessed by excavation tunnels, and as a jigsaw puzzle of broken fragments housed in the archaeological laboratory.

San Bartolo, Guatemala
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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.

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