San Isidro, El Salvador

San Isidro, Salwador
San Isidro, Salwador

project director: Dr. Jan Szymański

research location: San Isidro archaeological site, department of Sonsonate, El Salvador, Central America

site characteristics: The site has been continuously eroded by heavy agricultural machinery. Currently ca. 20 visible remains of monumental architecture are still recognisable. Dating of surface collections of pottery encompasses the Middle (ca. 1000-400 BC) and Late (ca. 400 BC-AD 250) Preclassic periods. San Isidro most likely served as a large regional center at the southeastern frontier of the Pre-Columbian Maya culture. The reconnaissance works have been underway since 2018.

participating institutions: University of Warsaw (Poland), Universidad Francisco Gavidia (El Salvador), Dirección de Arqueología del Ministerio de Cultura (El Salvador)

dating: tentative, ~1000 BC – AD 250

financing: 2018 – “Miniatura” grant provided by the National Center for Sciences (Narodowe Centrum Nauki – NCN), (ID 381403), 2019 – funds from the “Excellence Strategies – Research Academy” program

research description: In 2018 a field survey was carried out, as well as partial photogrammetric documentation of the visible architectural remains. A drone-based topographic map, albeit interim, has been elaborated. The works will continue in 2019.

bibliography:

2018; Szymański J., M. Mendez, M. Toledo, J. Avalos Campos, R. Cabrera, R. Cea; San Isidro: Large Preclassic site at the eastern edge of the Maya Culture, Mexicon 40(40):100-104.

Cerrito 1, the highest mound on site
Cerrito 1, the highest mound on site
digital elevation model of El Trapiche group, San Isidro