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Belize Archaeological diving feature

A feature about the archaeological work being done at Cara Blanca pools in Belize.

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No More Noh Mul? Contractor Bulldozes Mayan Templ

No More Noh Mul? Contractor Bulldozes Mayan Templ | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Today we learned that a major Mayan Monument had been bulldozed for roadfill aggregate. 7news went to Orange Walk District, near the northern district boundary to find out that Noh Mul – or at least a large part of it – is no more. It’s a stunning development – and Jules Vasquez reports.

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Climate Change Thwarted Maya Comeback?

Climate Change Thwarted Maya Comeback? | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Much has been made of the so-called 2012 Mayan apocalypse. But for the real Maya people, the end of the world came slowly and timed with historic droughts.

A new, ultra-detailed climate record from a cave in Belize reveals Classic Maya civilization collapsed over centuries as rain dried up, disrupting agriculture and causing instability that led to wars and the crumbling of large cities. A final major drought after the political collapse of the Maya may be what kept the civilization from bouncing back.

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How to Uncover Underwater Artifacts

How to Uncover Underwater Artifacts | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it
Diving for Maya artifacts involves high-tech diving equipment and low-tech archaeology tools like pulleys and buckets. Over the course of two days, the buckets reveal some intriguing water jar sherds.
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Ancient Maya Center Saved from Destruction

Ancient Maya Center Saved from Destruction | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

"...If you want to save an ancient archaeological site from impending destruction, here is one way to do it: Buy it. That is exactly what happened in 2011 as the monumental remains of a Classic period Maya kingdom located in northwestern Belize faced destruction from bulldozing...."

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Archaeology Magazine: Special Collector's Issue on the Maya | Moon Travel Guides

Archaeology Magazine: Special Collector's Issue on the Maya | Moon Travel Guides | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Joshua Berman, well known expert on travel to Belize, writes about the newest issue of Archaeology Magazine.

 

"...Come with Archaeology's editors as they dive deep into the sacred pools where the Maya made human sacrifices to the gods, watch modern boxers in Mexico recreating the sacred rituals of their Maya ancestors, and delve into one man's obsession with an ancient Maya queen..."

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Excavation Site - Burns Avenue, San ignacio, Belize

Excavation Site - Burns Avenue, San ignacio, Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

An old Maya site was uncovered while excavating a street in San Ignacio...here are some photos.

 

"...Guess what I saw coming out of the mid to late preclassic (600-200 BC) excavation site at Burns Avenue today....."

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THE CHAN SITE - Ancient Maya community near San Jose Soccutz in Belize

THE CHAN SITE - Ancient Maya community near San Jose Soccutz in Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

A scholarly report in layman's terms about a small Maya site being excavated in Cayo, Belize.

 

"...The Chan site is an ancient Maya farming community located just outside of the modern day town of San Jose Soccutz in the Cayo District of Belize.

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Getting from Belize City to Tikal

Getting from Belize City to Tikal | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Good information on the different ways to get from Belize to the spectacular Maya site of Tikal.

 

"...Tikal is a large archeological site in Guatemala. During the Classical Period it was one of the most important Mayan cities. Today, it is one of the most fascinating Mayan sites to visit mostly due to its remoteness and jungle setting...."

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Blue Creek, Belize: Rise and Fall of a Maya Center

Blue Creek, Belize: Rise and Fall of a Maya Center | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

An easy to read scholarly article about a Maya site in Northwestern Belize.

 

"...Blue Creek is a medium sized Maya center that was occupied from approximately 600BC until approximately AD 1000. Spatially, the “greater” Blue Creek area covers approximately 150 square kilometers. At first appearance, Blue Creek’ central precinct is unexceptional: surrounding its main plaza are 15 meter tall public buildings…but not large by Maya standards. However, just under the surface of Blue Creek, there are surprises to be found..."

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Jimmy Nguyen's curator insight, January 31, 11:27 PM

great article of Blue Creek, Belize, a city that thrived for about 400 years. this article explains the high class mayans that lived in this city and the factors that made this city successful for so long. 

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I Can’t Belize My Eyes! First hand account of a Cruise Ship Visit to Belize

I Can’t Belize My Eyes! First hand account of a Cruise Ship Visit to Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it
Our third port of call was the amazingly wonderful and wild Belize. I was the most excited for this stop because our shore excursion included a trip to the Mayan ruins Altun Ha and a boat ride down...
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Pictures: Massive Maya City in Belize Revealed by Lasers

Pictures: Massive Maya City in Belize Revealed by Lasers | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

An April 2009 flyover of the Maya city of Caracol used Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) equipment—which bounces laser beams off the ground—to help scientists construct a 3-D map of the settlement in western Belize. The survey revealed previously unknown buildings, roads, and other features in just four days,

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Mayan 2012 Prophesy: Mexico Finds Second Reference Among Ruins

Mayan 2012 Prophesy: Mexico Finds Second Reference Among Ruins | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Actually, serious Maya studies scholars say the brick most likely does NOT refer to 2012 and even if it did, it certainly makes no statement about apocalypse or foretold events.

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Bulldozers destroy Mayan pyramid in Belize

Bulldozers destroy Mayan pyramid in Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it
Belize archeology institute says ancient Nohmul complex dates back 2,300 years; rock was being extracted for road-building project
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Belize archeologist sues over Indiana Jones skull

Belize archeologist sues over Indiana Jones skull | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

I guess this is real, though doesn't sound like Dr. Jamie Awe to me.

 

"...A Belize archeologist is suing the makers of a blockbuster "Indiana Jones" film for using a likeness of a so-called Crystal Skull, which he says is a stolen national treasure..."

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"Dramatic" New Maya Temple Found, Covered With Giant Faces

"...Some 1,600 years ago, the Temple of the Night Sun was a blood-red beacon visible for miles and adorned with giant masks of the Maya sun god as a shark, blood drinker, and jaguar.

Long since lost to the Guatemalan jungle, the temple is finally showing its faces to archaeologists, and revealing new clues about the rivalrous kingdoms of the Maya...."

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Maya collapse coincided with drought

Maya collapse coincided with drought | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it
The mysterious Maya collapse more than a millennium ago came amid a long-term drop in rainfall, confirms a study.

 

"...The Classic Maya kings erected pyramid-dominated cities throughout Central America from roughly 300 AD to 900 AD, concluding in abandonment of most centers that has left the region littered with mysterious ruins. Archeologists have pointed to warfare, depleted soil and drought as factors, among many others, in the "collapse."..."

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Maya festivals for the end of time

Maya festivals for the end of time | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it
Several sites in Belize are hosting events to celebrate the end (or the resetting) of the Maya calendar.

 

"...At the Caracol Archaeological Reserve in western Belize, the National Institute of Culture and History is holding four special events to mark 2012’s two solstices (21 June and 21 December) and the two equinoxes (21 March and 22 September). An archaeologist will lead a tour of the ancient site, nestled in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, and traditional food will be served..."

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Institute of Archaeology: Who says we get the day off? Burns Avenus becomes new Tenochtitlan

Institute of Archaeology: Who says we get the day off? Burns Avenus becomes new Tenochtitlan | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

"...How surprised I was to receive a call from my uncle Fernando Cruz, that pottery was being unearthed from beneath Burns Avenue, the principal street in San Ignacio Town..."

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Ancient Maya Center Saved from Destruction

Ancient Maya Center Saved from Destruction | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it
Ancient Maya Center Saved from Destruction...

 

"...If you want to save an ancient archaeological site from impending destruction, here is one way to do it: Buy it. That is exactly what happened in 2011 as the monumental remains of a Classic period Maya kingdom located in northwestern Belize faced destruction from bulldozing. Action from expanding development pressures began to inch closer to three Maya archaeological sites in northwestern Belize, sites that have not yet been badly damaged by bulldozing..."

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Land of The Submerged Crocodile, Exploring Lamanai, Belize

Land of The Submerged Crocodile, Exploring Lamanai, Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Nice short travelogue with photos of a day trip to Lamanai, arguably the finest Maya site in Belize.

 

"...As Jaguars howl in the distance, you are guided through the rich jungle landscape of Belize, one of the most important archeological sites in Belize..."

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Maya 2012: Crystal skulls and other discoveries in Belize

Maya 2012: Crystal skulls and other discoveries in Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Great article in the Washington Times about Belize, the ancient Maya heritage and the crystal skull.

 

"...Travelers will not be disappointed by the diversity of activities in the natural wonderland that is Belize, for the country is, indeed, its own reward. Who cares if there’s a little “skull-duggery” along the way. All the more reason to explore Belize for yourself..."

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Legacy of the Ancient Maya: The Maya Forest Garden in Belize

Legacy of the Ancient Maya: The Maya Forest Garden in Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Popular Archaeology Online archaeology magazine article.

 

"What sustained the great, expanding populations of the ancient Maya in their seemingly inhospitable tropical environment? Recent pioneering work in Belize and Guatemala is introducing a remarkable new paradigm and setting a standard of sustainability for future generations...."

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Into the Underworld - Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave, Belize

Into the Underworld - Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave, Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

A first hand account of one of the most spectacular cave trips in Belize.

 

"Some tours are so hyped it’s suspicious. Can they really be as good as the chatter about them claims? In the case of Belize’s Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave the answer is yes. Ancient Mayan ceremonies and superstitions, human remains, a virtually unpronounceable name, narrow water-filled passages and more...."

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The Belize Maya Guide, with all the facts on the Mayan Civilization

The Belize Maya Guide, with all the facts on the Mayan Civilization | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Belize is blessed with an outstanding archaeological heritage of Maya temples and palaces.

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Jimmy Nguyen's curator insight, January 22, 11:22 PM

detailed article about the civilization of the mayans. they were a smart ancient culture that created a very accurate calendar with 365 days in a year!