Xochicalco is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a fortified political, religious and commercial center from the troubled period of 650 to 900 A.D. that followed the breakup of the great Mesoamerican states such as Teotihuacán, Monte Albán, Palenque and Tikal.
Inhabited since the 2nd century A.D., Quiriguá became the capital of an autonomous and prosperous state. Its ruins, located in what is today an archaeological park in southeastern Guatemala, constitute an essential resource for the study of Mayan civilization.
Banwari Trace, an Archaic pre-ceramic site in southwestern Trinidad, is the oldest archaeological site in the West Indies. The deposit is found on the southern edge of the Oropuche Lagoon. Banwari Man is considered to be the oldest skeleton found in the Caribbean region.
The Calakmul archaeological site in Campeche, Mexico, is both a World Heritage site and a Biosphere Reserve. The largest forest mass in Mexico and the second largest remnant forest left in Latin America is the heartland of the area where the Maya civilization reached its climax.
Paquimé, Casas Grandes played a key role in trade and cultural contacts between the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, and the more advanced civilizations of Mesoamerica. The archaeological zone is distinguished by its impressive buildings in earthen architecture.
Chan Chan Archaeological Zone, World Heritage Site (Peru)
Mon, 01/07/2019 - 17:45
Chan Chan was the largest city of the pre-Columbian era in South America. It was the seat of the ancient Chimú civilization before it fell to the Incas. It is now an archaeological site near Trujillo on northern Peru's desert coast.
Chankillo Archaeological Site (Peru)
Mon, 06/20/2022 - 17:52
The Chankillo Archaeological Site is situated in a coastal desert in the Ancash region of Peru. Constructed in the fourth century BC, it has been interpreted as a fortified temple complex with a solar observatory known as the "Thirteen Towers."
Chavín de Huantar: Archaeological Site and World Heritage Site (Peru)
Sun, 11/18/2018 - 19:58
Chavín de Huántar takes its name from the culture that developed between 1500 and 300 B.C. in this high valley of the Peruvian Andes. Chavin is one of the earliest and best known pre-Columbian sites and represents an important expression of the construction techniques of its time.
Choquequirao Archaeological Park (Peru)
Wed, 04/21/2021 - 20:34
Choquequirao is an Incan archaeological complex, similar in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu, tucked into the Vilcabamba mountains in the Cusco region of southern Peru. It is located on a glaciated peak overlooking the Apurimac River canyon.
Ciudad Perdida: Ancient Tairona Town (Colombia)
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 16:50
Ciudad Perdida is an ancient Tairona indigenous town and archaeological site carved into Colombia's isolated Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountainside. It is believed to have been founded about 800 CE, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu.