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Latino Daily News

Tuesday October 19, 2010

Guatemala’s El Mirador One of the World’s Greatest Cultural Sites Endanger of Disappearing

Twenty-five world experts in conservation and cultural development have identified twelve cultural heritages sites on the verge of disappearing and Guatemala’s El Mirador is on that list.

El Mirador is a vast archaeological site containing over 4,000 pre-Columbian Mayan temples.  There are several pyramids on the site including La Danta pyramid considered one of the largest man-made structures in the world, measuring 230 feet tall.  It is believed many other pyramids exist in the area but locals have looted many before they are studied and preserved. 

Many on the list of endangered sites are in poor and developing nations like Haiti, Kenya and the Philippines.  They face threats from overrunning tourists and lack of proper management.