In 1910 the United Fruit Company established a banana plantation on lands surrounding the overgrown ruins of Quiriguá and set aside 75 acres as an archaeological park where work was carried out from 1910 to 1914 by Edgar Lee Hewett and Sylvanus Morley for the School of American Archaeology in Santa Fe. The Mayan stelae uncovered amongst the ruins have been featured on Guatemalan stamps issued on September 1, 1921, April 8, 1932 (pictured above), in 1942 (the design of 1932 in green and deep blue) and on January 30, 2004 on a souvenir sheet depicting tourist attractions of Izabal Department.
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