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Roadworks reveal Maya artifacts and remains in Belize

Construction workers in Belize have uncovered Maya artifacts and human remains.

“What we have here are three jars or ollas as they call them in Spanish and by the style of it, by the way they were made we know that they date to the late Pre-classic period or between 300 BC to about the birth of Christ so over 2000 years old. The type of artifacts that we are finding indicates household, not elite, not the rulers, they lived closer to downtown Cahal Pech Maya Ruin. This summer for instance we found this amazing tomb up at Cahal Pech that is where the wealthy and the real elite people lived. Out here the common folks like me and you. We are in the suburbs of Cahal Pech. A lot of times people think you go to Cahal Pech and that is all the site, that is downtown but the rest of the ancient city of Cahal Pech extended all the way to where the two rivers meet, across into Santa Elena, towards Bullet Tree Falls. It was a big community so these objects were found in one of the houses that belonged to that ancient city.

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Story: Belizean | Photo: Belize Institute of Archaeology

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