Las Sepulturas

To the Northeast is the archaeological site Las Sepulturas which is actually a residential group where members of the elite of Copán, but an over-range the Royal Court lived. At the end of the VIII century A.D. these lineages acquired more power, so their homes show the same architectural and sculptural quality seen in the Acropolis. It therefore highlights the “Casa del Escribano” or “Casa of the Bacabs”, and other residences that boast fine architecture, facades with reliefs of mosaics and benches with reliefs and inscriptions. The graves is one of the few areas of the Maya world, where you can not only appreciate the residences of nobles, but also other residential areas that belonged to sectors more base of the then social pyramid. They are visible small courtyards that might well be service areas. Some studies in this area have also proposed that some residential sectors of Las Sepulturas could be occupied by Lenca groups and other groups of eastern Honduras, given the high presence of pottery and other objects in these regions.

The prolific production of sculptures in Copan is reflected in more than 80 stelae, 30 altars and hundreds of blocks that formed mosaics on the walls, corners and walls of buildings. All this wealth is represented in the Copán Sculpture Museum, which displays the most important original monuments of the site (stelae A, P, 2, 63 and Score Board Mot Mot), since in the Archaeological Park have been replaced by replicas. A replica of the life-size of the Rosalila Temple, painted with all its original colors also is displayed. However, the main attractive of the Museum are the reconstructions of the facades of the main buildings of Copán (temples, 16, 21, 21A, 22, 22A, 26 and the game of ball) and facades of its residential areas, especially of the graves, which have been made with its original features. In the picturesque ruins of the village of Copán is the Regional Museum of Copán, displaying ceramics and other objects recovered during the excavations of Copán as well as other sculptures found in Ruins of Copán (altars T and U) and in Copán (stele 11, 24 and 35). Stands out the sample of eccentrics found in the offering of the Rosalila, offerings and altars tombs of Chorcha and Chamana, burial /score boards of the ball game, the effigy of God N of the House of the Scribe, the effigy of God of the Corn. The town of Copán Ruins also represents a window to contemporary Mayan culture, since it contains many sales of handicrafts, made by the population Maya Ch’orti ‘ living in surrounding villages. Its restaurants also offer a tasting of the local cuisine, which blends ingredients ancestral as the corn and beans, with Afro-Caribbean influences.

The animals showed them the road. And then grinding the yellow corn and the white corn, Ixmucané made nine drinks, and from this food came the strength and the flesh, and with it they created the muscles and the strength of man. This the Forefathers did, Tepeu and Gucumatz, as they were called.