El Chanal

Jalisco Mexico

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  • No Public
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  • No Wifi
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“The archeological marvel of El Chanal”

El Chanal is an archaeological site located 4 kilometers north of the City of Colima, Mexico. According to information available, its maximum splendor was achieved between 1100 and 1400 CE. Based on its extension, over 50 hectares, it is probable it was the largest settlement of the Colima state; it developed in both banks of the “Río Verde” or Río Colima. This archeological zone is maintained by the people of El Chanal. The area may have been inhabited by native groups around 1300 BC. There is a Nahuatl connection shown by archaeological materials representing deities such as Tláloc and Ehécatl.  Architectonically, the Chanal used the double temple concept, palaces with portals, ceremonial spaces with Mesoamerican ballgame, sidewalk-altar and altar-platform. Ceramics found indicates the massive use of braziers and “sahumerios” (used to burn Copal resin), associated with ceremonial rituals. Some polychromatic images recreate divine attributes, observed in stone reliefs which have made this site somewhat famous. Obviously there are many unknowns about the solemnity and majesty that surround the ceremonial spaces. But what we do know is that the whole town is and archeological zone that more treasures might found there. About the daily life in neighborhoods and community spaces, and all events that built this great city. A scientific investigation and formal exploration of this important site is indeed needed.

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El Chanal

Jalisco
Mexico

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  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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