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Jul 24, 2015

Director of Archaeology Says Fifty Percent of Mound Destroyed

John Morris

According to Dr. Morris, fifty percent of the ruin has been damaged as a result of Myles’ action.  Again, Myles will be served a notice of eviction, this time by the National Institute of Culture and History.

 

Dr. John Morris, Director, Institute of Archeology

“Just like the case with the Noh Mul…the destruction of the mound…it is in court right now. Mister Denny Grijalva has had to attend several court sessions. The same way, we have all intentions. We will give him a letter of eviction from the area and then we are finishing up our assessment of the damage that he has done to the platform of the ancient Maya building and when we are finished with that we are going to serve him with court papers for the destruction of a monument based on the laws of Belize.

 

Reporter

“Sir any preliminary estimate as to how much has been damaged?”

Dr. John Morris

“About fifty percent of the mound has been damaged.

 

Duane Moody

“A timeline has to when those charges will be levied or when he will be served?”

 

Dr. John Morris

“Well we just finished the work this week that went by. I had to prepare a report for the NICH Board of Directors for yesterday and then shortly, maybe next week, we will be sending him a notice of eviction. And then I have to speak with the lawyers that form part of the NICH body and have them give me the go ahead or tell me what else needs to be done.

 

According to Morris, they were in contact with the village leaders on the issue a week before the incident took place. Uxbenka is one of the earliest known Mayan sites in southern Belize and dates to 250 AD. 

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