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Caguana Site

Utuado, Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of
County of Utuado.
New Mexico Highway 11
National Register Number: 92001671
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Religion - ceremonial site. The threat level was Threatened in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Commonwealth Archaeological Park.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 4, 1993):
The Caguana (Capa) Site represents the largest and most complex ball court ceremonial site in Puerto Rico and the West Indies. Investigation of the site demonstrated the sophistication of Taino ceremonialism and organization during the Late Prehistoric and Early Contact Period, and provided the basis for defining the Capa Phase (1200-1500).

Since the Caguana archeological park was established in the 1950s, tropical weather and rampant tree roots have combined to undermine and knock down the stones lining the ball courts. Those stones bearing petroglyphs have been worn down and decayed to the point that these prehistoric works of art may be irretrievably lost.

There is no change since the lat report.

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