Ancestral Adobe in El Salvador

A group of technicians of the EcoSur network from Nicaragua and Ecuador visited the archeological site Joya de Ceren, during the regional EcoMaterials conference held in the city of San Salvador, El Salvador, from the 28th to the 30th of October 2008, 40 km from San Salvador. The archeological site situated 40 km from San Salvador reveals ruins of 1500-year-old Adobe constructions. These ruins have been protected by volcanic ashes and show ancestral adobe architecture.




Joya de Ceren was a pre-Hispanic farming community that like Pompeii or Herculaneum in Italy was buried under a volcanic eruption, in this case from the Laguna Caldera volcano in 600 AC. Because of the exceptional conditions of the ruins, these provide a look at daily life of the Central American communities that worked the earth in this époque.

The technicians of the EcoSur network could admire the resistant adobe walls that have survived more than 1000 years and the practical distribution of the constructions on this archeological site.

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