Saturday, July 19, 2008

Park Boundaries

(Click on the map to open a new window)
When Ed Barnhart and his archaeological survey team finished their mapping work to determine what the boundaries and area extent of ancient Palenque might have been, they came to the conclusion that the site covered at least 220 hectares of land. That extent is what you see in this map. A hectare is an areal unit equal to 10,000 square meters. One hectare is equal to 2.47 acres. The purple area that I have outlined in this map is the area of the park that is maintained and where tourists are allowed to go. It's around 5% of the total area. The squiggly lines are part of a "tourist" circuit" pathway that guides people through the park.

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