New Discoveries in Copan
Approximately 200 miles west of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, lie the remains of a large ancient Mayan city that, to this day, along with such sites as Tikal and Palenque, represents the highest achievement of Mayan art and architecture during the Classical period. Known as Copan, it continues to be a focus of archaeological investigation, and photographs of its art and monumental architecture adorn the covers and pages of many publications about the ancient Maya world. Recently, scientists working there have discovered the 1,450 year old remains of 69 individuals and 30 buildings dated to the 6th century. Offerings and other artifacts were found associated with the remains. This discovery expands the site and scientists and other officials hope to open the newly explored area to tourists in 2007.