• Belize and the Maya History

    Although Belize's Maya occupation began as early as 1500 BC, it was during the Classic period of 250 AD to 900 AD that the population is thought to have exceeded one million people. Archaeological remains of the ancient Maya include pottery, skeletons, stelae, and tall palaces, temples, and ceremonial centers. Video brought to you by Travelindex Network and Travel & Tourism Foundation. More travel and tourism information and travel videos at: http://www.Travelindex.tv http://www.Travelindex.com http://www.Travelindex.com/bz/

    published: 28 Jun 2009
  • A new artifact found in Belize could change EVERYTHING we know about the Ancient Maya

    The jewel, which belonged to an ancient Mayan king, contains a historical text that is now being deciphered by researchers. Researchers say it could change everything we know about the ancient Maya civilization. Source: http://www.ewao.com​ Read here:http://helenastales.weebly.com/blogue/a-new-artifact-found-in-belize-could-change-everything-we-know-about-the-ancient-maya Follow us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ufo.maniaII/

    published: 28 Feb 2017
  • Cave in Belize Was Ancient Maya Sacrifice Site

    Remains unearthed in Belize’s Midnight Terror Cave point to theories that the ancient Maya sacrificed children and left them in the sacred space for an estimated 1,500-year span starting at the founding of Maya civilization roughly 3,000 years ago. Of the 9,566 human bones, bone fragments and teeth found from 2008 to 2010, most were from individuals 14 years old or younger stated bioarchaeologist Michael Prout April 15 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/belize-cave-was-maya-child-sacrifice-site http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com

    published: 20 Apr 2016
  • The Ancient Cerros, Belize

    Cerros is located in northern Belize on a small seaside peninsula. Cerros was primarily occupied during the Late Preclassic, also known as the Late Formative (beginning 400 B.C.). Mollusk remains found in the residential areas of the site indicate that a slow-moving lagoon characterized the Cerro's Late Preclassic environment. Lagoon resources were enhanced by the direct access to two nearby rivers: the New River and Rio Hondo. With direct coastal and river access, Cerros was ideally situated to act both as a seaport and a river port. This strategic position allowed Cerros to become a dominant trading force during the Late Preclassic period. During the Late Preclassic period, Cerros was one of the largest settlement areas in the region. Intense occupation of Cerros began in the middle ...

    published: 02 Nov 2013
  • Lubaantun, Belize: Mayan Pyramids, Strange Energies & the Crystal Skull

    Subscribe to our channel at http://www.youtube.com/megalithomaniaUK. Hugh Newman explores southern Belize and meets Ambrocio, a Kekchi Maya while exploring Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit, ancient Mayan cities. Ambrocio shared stories from his ancestors of strange lights moving through the sky between the two sites and Hugh discusses 'earth lights' and natural earth energies. It was here in the mid 1920s that the daughter of famous explorer Frederick Mitchell-Hedges said she found a perfectly carved crystal skull in one of the pyramids. To this day, it is unclear what really happened or if the skull is authentic. However, the site is very interesting and is built from large basalt blocks with menhirs and strange artifacts. They also visits another amazing site - Nim Li Punit, that has the talle...

    published: 12 Mar 2017
  • Rare Mayan Tomb Found with Egyptian Style Burial in Belize

    Archaeologists have uncovered what may be the largest royal tomb found in more than a century of work on Maya ruins in Belize, along with a puzzling set of hieroglyphic panels that provide clues to a “snake dynasty” that conquered many of its neighbors some 1,300 years ago. http://proxyponder.com/2016/08/rare-mayan-tomb-found-egyptian-style-burial-belize/ Source: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/06/maya-snake-dynasty-tomb-belize-ruins Find Me & Follow Me: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shanti-Universe/1405680779677488 https://twitter.com/ShantiUniverse https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108273886503213598014/+shantiuniverse/posts? **Handmade Jewelry by ShantiUniverse: http://www.ebay.com/usr/shantiuniverseshop?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 *Subscribe so you won't miss my YouTube Live...

    published: 10 Aug 2016
  • Mysterious Ancient Mayan Citadel FOUND in Belize

    For three decades, archaeologist Anabel Ford has been exploring and studying the ancient Maya site of El Pilar, but until now she has never encountered anything like the ‘Citadel’. http://proxyponder.com/2015/03/mysterious-ancient-mayan-citadel-found-in-belize/ Source: http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/spring-2015/article/archaeologist-discovers-mysterious-ancient-maya-citadel Find Me & Follow Me: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shanti-Universe/1405680779677488 https://twitter.com/ShantiUniverse https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108273886503213598014/+shantiuniverse/posts?http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shantiuniverse Check out my website for latest News: http://proxyponder.com Download the ShantiUniverse Ap for iphone & Android: http://apps.appmakr.com/shantiuniverseapp

    published: 30 Mar 2015
  • Belize's 'Blue Hole' REVEALS Clues about Mayan Demise!

    The ancient Mayan civilization collapsed due to a century-long drought, new research suggests. Source: http://www.livescience.com/49255-drought-caused-maya-collapse.html Find Me & Follow Me: https://twitter.com/ShantiUniverse https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shanti-Universe/1405680779677488 http://shantiuniversenewsnow.blogspot.com/ https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108273886503213598014/108273886503213598014/posts Check Out my NEW Website: http://proxyponder.com ~*Get the ShantiUniverse App! For Android & iphone: http://fanapp.mobi/shantiuniverseapp

    published: 27 Dec 2014
  • Maya Civilization and it's Legend - Full Documentary

    Maya Civilization and it's Legend - Full Documentary Where did the Mayan people come from? The Maya are an indigenous people of Mexico and Central America who have continuously inhabited the lands comprising modern-day Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. When did the Mayan civilization begin and end? Most famously, the Maya of the southern lowland region reached their peak during the Classic Period of Maya civilization (A.D. 250 to 900), and built the great stone cities and monuments that have fascinated explorers and scholars of the region. How old are the Mayan ruins in Mexico? The construction workers used bulldozers and diggers to claw at the sloping sides of the 100ft tall pyramid, which is ...

    published: 23 Nov 2016
  • Mysterious Mayan King's Jade Pendant Found in Belize

    Archaeologists have discovered an ancient jade pendent that was once worn on the chest of a Maya king. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4258298/Mayan-megajewel-belonged-king.html Music: Expeditionary by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100436 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Find Me & Follow Me: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shanti-Universe/1405680779677488 https://twitter.com/ShantiUniverse https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108273886503213598014/+shantiuniverse/posts? **Handmade Jewelry by ShantiUniverse: http://www.ebay.com/usr/shantiuniverseshop?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 *Subscribe so you won't miss my YouTube L...

    published: 26 Feb 2017
  • Belize Ancient cities,people And History geography-kids educational video

    world tourism and education is a branch of education theory which relates to the teaching of young children (formally and informally) up until the age of about eight. Infant/toddler education, a subset of early childhood education, denotes the education of children from birth to age two. In recent years, early childhood education has become a prevalent public policy issue, as municipal, state, and federal lawmakers consider funding for preschool and pre-k.

    published: 01 Nov 2015
  • Jaime Awe - Maya Cities & Sacred Caves of Belize

    Dr. Jaime Awe gives a presentation on the archaeology of Belize in preparation for the VVAC's annual Central America trip.

    published: 18 Mar 2015
  • Exploring ancient caves Belize

    #Belize #Caves #Travel What to do in Belize

    published: 07 Nov 2014
  • Mayan Ruins ~ Caracol, Cayo, Belize

    Located in the Cayo District of Belize, the Mayan site given the name Caracol is very impressive. The ancient name is Ux Witz Ajaw, or “Three Hills Lord”. Though the ruins aren't as well known as other Mayan sites, LIDAR imaging done in the last decade has revealed a large Mayan city covered by the jungle. Link below. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/05/photogalleries/100520-ancient-maya-city-belize-science-pictures/ Google Earth 16°45′50″N 89°7′3″W Images by Irmin Wehmeier http://www.360cities.net/profile/irmin-wehmeier?utm_source=google_earth&utm_medium=all_images Music - Eureka by Huma Huma

    published: 15 Jul 2015
  • Ancient Mayan Ruins at Altun Ha & The Old River, Belize

    All video from GoPro HERO4 Silver 1080p Music: "Aftermath" by Erik Mongrain

    published: 16 Nov 2016
  • 2,300 Year-old Mayan Pyramid in Belize Destroyed by Bulldozer

    2,300 Year-old Mayan Pyramid in Belize Destroyed by Bulldozer One of the biggest Mayan pyramids in Belize has been all but destroyed by builders who ravaged the ancient structure for crushed rock to fill in a new road. The construction workers used bulldozers and diggers to claw at the sloping sides of the 100ft tall pyramid, which is part of the Nohmul complex - the most important Mayan site in northern Belize and one which dates back at least 2,300 years. Horrified archaeologists claim there is no way the builders could have mistaken the Mayan ruins for a hill, as the landscape is naturally flat and the Nohmul complex is well known. Jaime Awe, head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, said the destruction at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was detected late last week. Mexico...

    published: 14 May 2013
Belize and the Maya History

Belize and the Maya History

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Although Belize's Maya occupation began as early as 1500 BC, it was during the Classic period of 250 AD to 900 AD that the population is thought to have exceeded one million people. Archaeological remains of the ancient Maya include pottery, skeletons, stelae, and tall palaces, temples, and ceremonial centers. Video brought to you by Travelindex Network and Travel & Tourism Foundation. More travel and tourism information and travel videos at: http://www.Travelindex.tv http://www.Travelindex.com http://www.Travelindex.com/bz/
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A new artifact found in Belize could change EVERYTHING we know about the Ancient Maya

A new artifact found in Belize could change EVERYTHING we know about the Ancient Maya

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  • Updated: 28 Feb 2017
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The jewel, which belonged to an ancient Mayan king, contains a historical text that is now being deciphered by researchers. Researchers say it could change everything we know about the ancient Maya civilization. Source: http://www.ewao.com​ Read here:http://helenastales.weebly.com/blogue/a-new-artifact-found-in-belize-could-change-everything-we-know-about-the-ancient-maya Follow us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ufo.maniaII/
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Cave in Belize Was Ancient Maya Sacrifice Site

Cave in Belize Was Ancient Maya Sacrifice Site

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  • Updated: 20 Apr 2016
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Remains unearthed in Belize’s Midnight Terror Cave point to theories that the ancient Maya sacrificed children and left them in the sacred space for an estimated 1,500-year span starting at the founding of Maya civilization roughly 3,000 years ago. Of the 9,566 human bones, bone fragments and teeth found from 2008 to 2010, most were from individuals 14 years old or younger stated bioarchaeologist Michael Prout April 15 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/belize-cave-was-maya-child-sacrifice-site http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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The Ancient Cerros, Belize

The Ancient Cerros, Belize

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  • Updated: 02 Nov 2013
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Cerros is located in northern Belize on a small seaside peninsula. Cerros was primarily occupied during the Late Preclassic, also known as the Late Formative (beginning 400 B.C.). Mollusk remains found in the residential areas of the site indicate that a slow-moving lagoon characterized the Cerro's Late Preclassic environment. Lagoon resources were enhanced by the direct access to two nearby rivers: the New River and Rio Hondo. With direct coastal and river access, Cerros was ideally situated to act both as a seaport and a river port. This strategic position allowed Cerros to become a dominant trading force during the Late Preclassic period. During the Late Preclassic period, Cerros was one of the largest settlement areas in the region. Intense occupation of Cerros began in the middle part of the Late Preclassic period (50 B.C.) and lasted until abandonment at the end of the Late Preclassic around 150 A.D. Although it was large for the period, Cerros is generally considered a small regional center when compared to later Maya settlements. The site of Cerros covers an area of around one square kilometer. It is composed of a site core on the peninsula with pyramids, civic architecture, and a residential zone that encircles the core to the south. The civic center of the site was built over an earlier village that lies in the northern extreme of the site. The monumental architecture in this area of the site had exotic offerings, indicating elaborate ritual activities. Some of these large masonry structures were symbolically charged by the presence of elaborate stucco masks (they remain preserved on one structure). Despite the site's seemingly short occupation, it has had a complex history. The monumental architecture at Cerros was built relatively quickly, over a span of 200 years, but not in a single episode As people modified architectural space and the natural environment, the relationship people had with the landscape changed over time. After it's Preclassic collapse, the site was abandoned for hundreds of years. In the postclassic period pilgrims came to Cerros to perform rituals that may have been oriented around the worship of ancestral gods of the deep past. These questions require you to fill in each chart with yell thought out answers. Derive your answers from what you already know about other civilizations. Question 3 requires a written synthesis that combines the results of your charts. 1) How did Cerro's built and natural landscape change over time, and what practices (actions that people do) would have been possible in each of the site's 3 historical periods? Make a list for each. Think in terms of hierarchy, agriculture, trade, etc. Landscape Practices Period 1) Period 2) Period 3) 2) What kind's of social relationships do you think existed for each time period? Social Relationships Period 1) Period 2) Period 3) 3) How do you think the social relationships at Cerros were related to the practices you noted for each time period in question 1? Synthesis: Describe the relationship between society and it's changing practices at the Preclassic site of Cerros. Why are these relationships important to understand? Social Relationships Practices Period 1) Period 2) Period 3)
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Lubaantun, Belize: Mayan Pyramids, Strange Energies & the Crystal Skull

Lubaantun, Belize: Mayan Pyramids, Strange Energies & the Crystal Skull

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  • Updated: 12 Mar 2017
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Subscribe to our channel at http://www.youtube.com/megalithomaniaUK. Hugh Newman explores southern Belize and meets Ambrocio, a Kekchi Maya while exploring Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit, ancient Mayan cities. Ambrocio shared stories from his ancestors of strange lights moving through the sky between the two sites and Hugh discusses 'earth lights' and natural earth energies. It was here in the mid 1920s that the daughter of famous explorer Frederick Mitchell-Hedges said she found a perfectly carved crystal skull in one of the pyramids. To this day, it is unclear what really happened or if the skull is authentic. However, the site is very interesting and is built from large basalt blocks with menhirs and strange artifacts. They also visits another amazing site - Nim Li Punit, that has the tallest menhirs/stelae in the Mayan world. CLICK HERE https://hiddenincatours.com/shop/tours/major-tours/mexico-january-2018/ to explore ancient Mexico in January 2018 with Hugh Newman, Jim Vieira and Brien Foerster. Filmed, Produced, and Directed by Hugh Newman. Copyright Hugh Newman/Megalithomania 2010/2017. All Rights Reserved. More info: http://www.megalithomania.co.uk
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Rare Mayan Tomb Found with Egyptian Style Burial in Belize

Rare Mayan Tomb Found with Egyptian Style Burial in Belize

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  • Updated: 10 Aug 2016
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Archaeologists have uncovered what may be the largest royal tomb found in more than a century of work on Maya ruins in Belize, along with a puzzling set of hieroglyphic panels that provide clues to a “snake dynasty” that conquered many of its neighbors some 1,300 years ago. http://proxyponder.com/2016/08/rare-mayan-tomb-found-egyptian-style-burial-belize/ Source: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/06/maya-snake-dynasty-tomb-belize-ruins Find Me & Follow Me: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shanti-Universe/1405680779677488 https://twitter.com/ShantiUniverse https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108273886503213598014/+shantiuniverse/posts? **Handmade Jewelry by ShantiUniverse: http://www.ebay.com/usr/shantiuniverseshop?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 *Subscribe so you won't miss my YouTube Live Stream Events! Check out my website for latest News: http://proxyponder.com Download the ShantiUniverse Ap for iphone & Android: http://apps.appmakr.com/shantiuniverseapp
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Mysterious Ancient Mayan Citadel FOUND in Belize

Mysterious Ancient Mayan Citadel FOUND in Belize

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  • Updated: 30 Mar 2015
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For three decades, archaeologist Anabel Ford has been exploring and studying the ancient Maya site of El Pilar, but until now she has never encountered anything like the ‘Citadel’. http://proxyponder.com/2015/03/mysterious-ancient-mayan-citadel-found-in-belize/ Source: http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/spring-2015/article/archaeologist-discovers-mysterious-ancient-maya-citadel Find Me & Follow Me: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shanti-Universe/1405680779677488 https://twitter.com/ShantiUniverse https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108273886503213598014/+shantiuniverse/posts?http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shantiuniverse Check out my website for latest News: http://proxyponder.com Download the ShantiUniverse Ap for iphone & Android: http://apps.appmakr.com/shantiuniverseapp
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Belize's 'Blue Hole' REVEALS Clues about Mayan Demise!

Belize's 'Blue Hole' REVEALS Clues about Mayan Demise!

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  • Updated: 27 Dec 2014
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The ancient Mayan civilization collapsed due to a century-long drought, new research suggests. Source: http://www.livescience.com/49255-drought-caused-maya-collapse.html Find Me & Follow Me: https://twitter.com/ShantiUniverse https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shanti-Universe/1405680779677488 http://shantiuniversenewsnow.blogspot.com/ https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108273886503213598014/108273886503213598014/posts Check Out my NEW Website: http://proxyponder.com ~*Get the ShantiUniverse App! For Android & iphone: http://fanapp.mobi/shantiuniverseapp
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Maya Civilization and it's Legend - Full Documentary

Maya Civilization and it's Legend - Full Documentary

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Maya Civilization and it's Legend - Full Documentary Where did the Mayan people come from? The Maya are an indigenous people of Mexico and Central America who have continuously inhabited the lands comprising modern-day Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. When did the Mayan civilization begin and end? Most famously, the Maya of the southern lowland region reached their peak during the Classic Period of Maya civilization (A.D. 250 to 900), and built the great stone cities and monuments that have fascinated explorers and scholars of the region. How old are the Mayan ruins in Mexico? The construction workers used bulldozers and diggers to claw at the sloping sides of the 100ft tall pyramid, which is part of the Nohmul complex - the most important Mayan site in northern Belize and one which dates back at least 2,300 years.
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Mysterious Mayan King's Jade Pendant Found in Belize

Mysterious Mayan King's Jade Pendant Found in Belize

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  • Updated: 26 Feb 2017
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Archaeologists have discovered an ancient jade pendent that was once worn on the chest of a Maya king. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4258298/Mayan-megajewel-belonged-king.html Music: Expeditionary by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100436 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Find Me & Follow Me: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shanti-Universe/1405680779677488 https://twitter.com/ShantiUniverse https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108273886503213598014/+shantiuniverse/posts? **Handmade Jewelry by ShantiUniverse: http://www.ebay.com/usr/shantiuniverseshop?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 *Subscribe so you won't miss my YouTube Live Stream Events! Check out my website for latest News: http://proxyponder.com Download the ShantiUniverse Ap for iphone & Android: http://apps.appmakr.com/shantiuniverseapp
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Belize Ancient cities,people And History geography-kids educational video

Belize Ancient cities,people And History geography-kids educational video

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  • Updated: 01 Nov 2015
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world tourism and education is a branch of education theory which relates to the teaching of young children (formally and informally) up until the age of about eight. Infant/toddler education, a subset of early childhood education, denotes the education of children from birth to age two. In recent years, early childhood education has become a prevalent public policy issue, as municipal, state, and federal lawmakers consider funding for preschool and pre-k.
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Jaime Awe - Maya Cities & Sacred Caves of Belize

Jaime Awe - Maya Cities & Sacred Caves of Belize

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Dr. Jaime Awe gives a presentation on the archaeology of Belize in preparation for the VVAC's annual Central America trip.
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Exploring ancient  caves Belize

Exploring ancient caves Belize

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  • Updated: 07 Nov 2014
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#Belize #Caves #Travel What to do in Belize
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Mayan Ruins ~ Caracol, Cayo, Belize

Mayan Ruins ~ Caracol, Cayo, Belize

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  • Updated: 15 Jul 2015
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Located in the Cayo District of Belize, the Mayan site given the name Caracol is very impressive. The ancient name is Ux Witz Ajaw, or “Three Hills Lord”. Though the ruins aren't as well known as other Mayan sites, LIDAR imaging done in the last decade has revealed a large Mayan city covered by the jungle. Link below. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/05/photogalleries/100520-ancient-maya-city-belize-science-pictures/ Google Earth 16°45′50″N 89°7′3″W Images by Irmin Wehmeier http://www.360cities.net/profile/irmin-wehmeier?utm_source=google_earth&utm_medium=all_images Music - Eureka by Huma Huma
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Ancient Mayan Ruins at Altun Ha & The Old River, Belize

Ancient Mayan Ruins at Altun Ha & The Old River, Belize

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  • Updated: 16 Nov 2016
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All video from GoPro HERO4 Silver 1080p Music: "Aftermath" by Erik Mongrain
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2,300 Year-old Mayan Pyramid in Belize Destroyed by Bulldozer

2,300 Year-old Mayan Pyramid in Belize Destroyed by Bulldozer

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  • Updated: 14 May 2013
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2,300 Year-old Mayan Pyramid in Belize Destroyed by Bulldozer One of the biggest Mayan pyramids in Belize has been all but destroyed by builders who ravaged the ancient structure for crushed rock to fill in a new road. The construction workers used bulldozers and diggers to claw at the sloping sides of the 100ft tall pyramid, which is part of the Nohmul complex - the most important Mayan site in northern Belize and one which dates back at least 2,300 years. Horrified archaeologists claim there is no way the builders could have mistaken the Mayan ruins for a hill, as the landscape is naturally flat and the Nohmul complex is well known. Jaime Awe, head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, said the destruction at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was detected late last week. Mexico. 'It's a feeling of Incredible disbelief because of the ignorance and the insensitivity ... they were using this for road fill,' Mr Awe said. 'It's like being punched in the stomach, it's just so horrendous.' Nohmul sat in the middle of a privately owned sugar cane field, and lacked the even stone sides frequently seen in reconstructed or better-preserved pyramids. Nonetheless Mr Awe is certain the builders could not have mistaken the pyramid mound for anything other than Mayan ruins. 'These guys knew that this was an ancient structure. It's just bloody laziness,' he said. The builders used backhoes to claw at the sides of the pyramid, leaving an isolated core of limestone cobbles at the centre, with what appears to be a narrow Mayan chamber dangling above one hollowed-out section. 'Just to realize that the ancient Maya acquired all this building material to erect these buildings, using nothing more than stone tools and quarried the stone, and carried this material on their heads, using tump lines,' said the archaeologist. 'To think that today we have modern equipment, that you can go and excavate in a quarry anywhere, but that this company would completely disregard that and completely destroyed this building. Why can't these people just go and quarry somewhere that has no cultural significance? It's mind-boggling.' Belizean police said they are conducting an investigation and that criminal charges may be brought against the construction company. The Nohmul complex sits on private land, but Belizean law says that any pre-Hispanic ruins are under government protection. The Belize community-action group Citizens Organized for Liberty Through Action called the destruction of the archaeological site 'an obscene example of disrespect for the environment and history'. It is not the first time it's happened in Belize, a country of about 350,000 people that is largely covered in jungle and dotted with hundreds of Mayan ruin sites - though few as large as Nohmul. Norman Hammond, an emeritus professor of archaeology at Boston University who worked in Belizean research projects in the 1980s, said it was far from the first time Mayan mounds had been targeted by construction workers seeking materials. He wrote in an email that 'bulldozing Maya mounds for road fill is an endemic problem in Belize (the whole of the San Estevan center has gone, both of the major pyramids at Louisville, other structures at Nohmul, many smaller sites), but this sounds like the biggest yet'. Arlen Chase, chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida, said: 'Archaeologists are disturbed when such things occur, but there is only a very limited infrastructure in Belize that can be applied to cultural heritage management. 'Unfortunately, they (destruction of sites) are all too common, but not usually in the center of a large Maya site,' he said. He said there had probably still been much to learn from the site. 'A great deal of archaeology was undertaken at Nohmul in the `70s and `80s, but this only sampled a small part of this large center.' Belize isn't the only place where the handiwork of the far-flung and enormously prolific Maya builders is being destroyed. The ancient Mayas spread across southeastern Mexico and through Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. 'I don't think I am exaggerating if I say that every day a Maya mound is being destroyed for construction in one of the countries where the Maya lived,' wrote Francisco Estrada-Belli, a professor at Tulane University's Anthropology Department. 'The only way to stop it is by showing that it is a major crime and people can and will go to jail for it.' Robert Rosenswig, an archaeologist at the State University of New York at Albany, described the difficult and heartbreaking work of trying to salvage information at the nearby site of San Estevan following similar destruction around 2005. However small the compensation, bulldozing pyramids is one very brutal way of revealing the inner cores of the structures, which were often built up in periodic stages of construction.
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