El Portón

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El Portón is a site of the Preclassic Mesoamerican civilisation, literate and thought to be Maya.

It lies in the Salamá valley.

By 500 BCE, the inhabitants built terraces which allowed a more scalable population. They built temples (of earth). They dedicated the largest temple with "feasting, bloodletting, and burning of incence".

The inscriptions on a stele dateable via radiology to 400 BCE are likely in a Mayan language; if so, it is the earliest such attestation.[1]


  1. ^ Robert J. Sharer, Loa P. Traxler; The ancient Maya (Stanford University Press; 6 edition, October 10, 2005): 197, 199, 201