Current Projects

Mirador, Guatemala

Cradle of Mayan Civilization

A roofing system protects Structure 34 from deterioration by heavy tropical rains.



The first GHF-sponsored Master Conservation Plan for Mirador was formally presented to President Oscar Berger of Guatemala, mid-June, 2006, by the Ministry of Culture and the National Council of Protected Areas.  Subsequent drafts of the Master Conservation Plan are incorporating input from the government ministries, communities, stakeholders and the U.S. Department of Interior.

The objectives, strategies, and actions of the Master Plan are divided into four sections: Archaeological Management, which delineates the creation of management zones and the scope of archaeological work in the planning area; Visitor Experience and Tourism Development, which addresses the issue of provision of facilities, logistics, and sustainable development within the Public Use Zone; Local Economic Development and Education, which provides direction for local community involvement; and Integrated Learning and Research, which addresses the greater opportunities for learning and research for both scientific and cultural benefits.

A team of forty mapping specialists have mapped 26 Maya cities previously unknown to the Guatemalan government within the Mirador Basin, which now have formal protection under the Guatemalan constitution. Under the Constitution of Guatemala, all world heritage and cultural heritage sites are protected within 3 square kilometers from logging, looting, poaching or other destructive activities.

The mapping and archaeological reconnaissance intensified with high-technology Total Station equipment to the north and west of the civic center. An important suburb of the city was discovered that has been dubbed the Zacalero Group with monumental architecture 15-25 m high, which was linked to civic center by a large causeway.