An archaeologist reveals secrets Conchagua Salvadoran island
Conchagua Island was known as the islands of the Teak, Pacific Islander origin named Lenca, Mesoamerican ethnic group occupied part of the territory of Honduras and El Salvador
UCR / DICYT Mexican archaeologist and professor Dr. Esteban Gomez Anthropology Department The Colorado College, U.S., was visiting the University of Costa Rica to present some results of the study that I carry in Conchagüita, a volcanic island located in the Gulf of Fonseca, in the Pacific Ocean from El Salvador. The research includes archaeological studies along with other specialists. “There are documents that reflect the colonial history of the Gulf of Fonseca, talking about slavery, commends the introduction of the region and the presence of the Catholic Church through the archaeological remains of Conchagua ", Gomez said.
As curious research, found little metal. In the space where the church was built was a more relevant site for people who inhabited the island at the time.
This is the St. James Church which has more than 300 years old. Its colonial architecture dating from 1693. Renaissance and Baroque style, is one of the few churches in Central America with this structure and is not ostentatious. Its ornamentation is lightweight and simple to adobe, clay and soil.
Conchagua Island was known as the islands of the Teak, Pacific Islander origin named Lenca, Mesoamerican ethnic group occupied part of the territory of Honduras and El Salvador.
Conchagua is a municipality in El Salvador that belongs to the province of La Union and for years has caught the eyes of tourists and researchers to determine the importance of this site in ancient times, colonial and present times.
Exiten texts show as were the inhabitants of the island, as mentioned by the explorer and Captain William Dampier, considered the best navigator and cartographer of the time.
Dampier visited the island in the year of 1681 and in one of his writings said “on the island instead of dancing practiced Christian practices”, thereby hinting at Guanasco, traditions of indigenous peoples known mainly in Honduras, which coincides with the dates of the peoples employers.
Origin of research
Gomez said he wanted to do a type of work where you could reflect traditional practices during the colonial era in the Central American country.
"There are studies that talk about the guerrilla, the FMLN and other policy studies, but there is no research to speak on that island colonial salvadoñera ", archaeologist said during his speech.
One of the objectives of the study is the classification of Gómez Old Conchagua, within the social and political landscape of the Gulf of Fonseca. Before the arrival of the Spanish and evaluate the effects of raids Conchagua European and Gulf region.
The research project was divided into stages and excavations were conducted to explore the extent of the site and a detailed study of the surrounding area as well as the ancient church of Santa Ana Teak.
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