Caguana Ceremonial Indigenous Heritage Center

Local nameCaguana Ceremonial Ball Courts Site
LocationUtuado, USA

The Caguana Ceremonial Ball Courts Site in barrio Caguana, Utuado, Puerto Rico, is considered one of the most important archeological sites in the West Indies. Studies estimate it is over 800 years old, built by the Taíno around 1270 AD. Approximately 30 ball courts have been identified and many have been restored to their original state. The game of batey is believed to have originated in Mesoamerica and is said to have been played in Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands. Monoliths and petroglyphs carved by the Taínos can be seen among the rocks and stones, some weighing over a ton, that were most likely brought from the Tanama River located adjacent to the site. Also located near the site is the Cemí Mountain which was believed, by the Taínos, to be the home of their gods and the reason they built the ball courts in that area.

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Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caguana_Ceremonial_Ball_Courts_Site

Coordinates 18°17'42.318" N -66°46'48.845" E

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