P-7 Begins to Reveal Its Secrets
Left: P-7 before work was started. The pyramid, covered in grass, is the focus of visitor attention, which is damaging it considerably. Restoration is planned, with the help of Mundo Maya. The 2001 excavations were to ascertain the scope of restoration needed. Right: The yellow tape delimits the area of activity. Excavations had to be protected from the many weekend visitors to Cihuatán. Later the excavation area was extended to the summit.
Top: Workers clearing the lower, previously restored, stair and placing strings to guide the excavation units. Bottom: Pastor Galvez clearing off the lower stair.
All soil from the excavation was screened. Right: Two sherds of Tohil Plumbate pottery found on the pyramid.
Burned paving at the base of the pyramid and a piece of burned wattle and daub from P-7 are testimony to the violent end of Cihuatán.
Clearing the lower stairs and exploring the plaza paving.
Clearing the lower stairs and exposing the previously restored balustrade.
Excavations reach the top of P-7.
The well built core of P-7 shows the original form of the pyramid.
Left: Clearing the top of P-7. Right: Paul and Pastor with some of the original volcanic tuff paving still in place.
Left: Fabio Amador explaining the project to a party of official visitors, including María Isaura Aruaz of Concultura and the French Ambassador to El Salvador, Lydie Gazarian. Right: Ambassador Gazarian, Ramón Rivas, Director of Investigations at Concultura, Paul and Fabio on top of P-7.
Trenches filled in and awaiting the rainy season to be reseeded, P-7 guards its secrets until another season of exploration.
All photos by Paul Amaroli.