|Mound at El Chircal|
One of the oldest archaeological sites that I have found in Honduras is El Chircal. It is located in the department of Comayagua near the town of Yarumela. It is on the ancient route north from where I believe Moron, the Jaredite capitol, was located, and dates back to about 2000 BC. This report on the site that I have posted below is from Angel Fire (http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/mas/dpmapas/com/com/com05.html). I have translated the original Spanish text to English. The original Spanish version is included below. I have only included the first part of the report which deals with Chircal, not the later section which discusses its tourism potential.
In Comayagua there is an archaeological site that very few know about. It is older than the Ruins of Copán, but not many studies have been done in this place, which was inhabited 4,000 years ago by the Lencas. It is a hidden gem on the outskirts of the city, composed of mounds and rock structures that have endured the passage of six millennia and that have that touch of mystery of ancestors who inhabited the Honduran soil in ancient times. El Chircal is located between the village of Yarumela and the Palmerola air base, approximately 20 minutes from the city of Comayagua. Ever Villanueva, president of the tourism association of the historic center of Comayagua, is a connoisseur of the history of this site and gave details about the place to the newspaper Diario LA PRENSA.
"El Chircal, is the oldest archaeological site that has been excavated in Honduras. It dates from the year 4,000 BC. It was occupied by the Lencas at that time. It has been observed that on June 24, three of its pyramids are aligned with the sun, which the ancients used to determine the summer solstice. That's just one of its mysteries. "At the site there are several mounds where different artifacts used by the ancient Lenca have been found.
"We have some artifacts that were found in this archaeological site, similar to others found in the Comayagua Valley, where there are about 74 archaeological sites. In El Chircal you can find obsidian stones, which are black and of volcanic origin.
They used the obsidian to prepare spearheads. Here are also many traces of things used at the time, like pieces of painted pots. The painted pottery is of the classic period, because in the late classic is when they became excellent craftsmen who decorate the pottery, even though it was for domestic use ".
Villanueva explained the causes that led the Lencas to leave that area.
"They were very well organized, they had artisans, farmers, warriors and rulers. In this area, large amounts of volcanic ash has been found that is from a volcano that existed in El Salvador, and with that ashfall, all of El Chircals crops were lost.
When the members of the tribe asked their king for food, he wasn't able to solve the problem and they left this site abandoned and went to other areas of the country. "
The president of the tourism association regretted that support is not given to conduct research on the site.
"Here it looks a little abandoned, because no work has been done to make this place an archaeological site with due importance. I would like the Government to invest and recognize the importance that this place has and to find out everything that the Lencas contributed to the culture we have now in our country. " In addition to this wonderful archaeological site, there are many more things that the ex-capital of Honduras has to offer its visitors.