Archaeologists are buzzing about the newest research at Ceren, in El Salvador. Ceren is the most well preserved Mayan village in Latin America. Unfortunately, the village met a tragic end when it was destroyed by a volcano sometime around A.D. 660.
Professor Payson Sheets of the by University of Colorado Boulder discovered the village in 1978. It has been called the “Pompeii of the New World” after the famously preserved Italian village that was also destroyed by volcanic ash. Ceren met its end after the Loma Caldera volcano erupted from just half a mile away from the city. The blast spilled toxic gas, hot ash and lava all over the town. It also wound up with 17 feet of ash throughout seven days.