Excavations at the base of the third level of Danta pyramid managed to detect the remains of the wall at the northwest corner of the platform. This platform, the most massive of the three platforms of Danta pyramid, will be the focus in future seasons to adequately expose and consolidate this architectural behemoth. The work was supervised by archaeologists Sheryl Carcuz and Francisco Lopez, both of whom have extensive experience working on Danta and know the structure well. Excavations by Sheryl Carcuz also explored the walls of the southwest corner of the building, revealing the recessed corners of the building, as well as artifacts directly on the terrace levels of the structure. The massive stones which were placed with the long axis into the building continues to be the standard architectural format of the building, and the corner of the structure indicated Artifacts are consistent with the Preclassic construction and utilization of the building, with an overburden of debris of the occupants that resided on the building nearly 800 years later.
Base of the third level of Danta pyramid with consolidation beginning on the central primary stairway (Photo: R.D. Hansen).