Tegucigalpa, December 5 The United States this Monday presented the Copan Association with the “Ambassador Fund for Cultural Conservation” award for the execution of the project “Conservation of the Rosalilla Temple from the 6th century, at the Maya site of Copan”.
The award, amounting to $358,840, was distributed by Laura Farnsworth Dogu, the US ambassador to Tegucigalpa, and is the highest grant awarded in Honduras to date, indicated the US diplomatic legation in a release.
He said the resources would be used by the Copán Association to promote the conservation of the Rozalila Temple and the sustainable care of the site through an educational campaign that emphasizes conservation of the Copán River Basin, as well as an understanding of the impact Too. Climate change in Honduran cultural heritage sites.
The Rosalilla Temple, discovered in 1989 by Honduran archaeologist Ricardo Agurcia, is one of the most important monuments of the Maya world in the Archaeological Park of Copán in western Honduras.
The U.S. Embassy said the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation enables the United States to demonstrate its respect for Honduran culture, strengthen resilience to climate change, boost the economy, and forge alliances with institutions and organizations dedicated to preserving cultural heritage. allows to strengthen.
In addition, outlines official information, established by the US Congress in 2001 to support projects to preserve historic buildings, archaeological sites, ethnographic objects, paintings, manuscripts, indigenous languages and other forms of heritage and traditional cultural expression The Fund was established. ,
Since its inception, the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has supported more than 1,110 projects around the world through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.
In Honduras, between 2001 and 2020, it has provided grants for the conservation of the main altarpiece and other works from the 18th century of the Comayagua Cathedral; The cultural heritage of the cities of Comayagua and Santa Rosa de Copán, the development of Cerro Palenque in Santa Bárbara, and other programs in favor of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples.
The award was presented by Ambassador Farnsworth Dogu in a ceremony at the Museum of Mayan Sculpture, attended by the Mayor of Copán Ruinas, Lisandro Mauricio Arias; Copan association members Ricardo Egurcia, Manuel Cuevas and Alessandro Garza, and Martha Patricia Cardona representing the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History.