Tazumal is a Pre-Columbian Maya archeological site in Chalchuapa, El Salvador.
Tazumal means, "place where the victims were burned," in Quiche. The structures date from the year 900. The ruins of Tazumal are considered the most important and best preserved in the country. The artifacts found at Tazumal provide evidence of ancient and active trade between Tazumal and places as far away as Panama and Mexico.
The excavated ruins are part of an area covering 10 sq km (4 sq mi), much of it buried under the town. Archaeologists estimate that the first settlements in the area were around 5000 BC.
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