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Jan 23, 2012

New Archaeological Site in a Cayo Street

Downtown San Ignacio is famous for its seemingly never ending stream of visitors, mostly overnight tourists, wandering aimlessly through the heart of the culturally diverse community.  Interestingly, Burns Avenue, the town’s main thoroughfare, was perhaps also the metropolis of a much larger, exclusive society.  A recent discovery of relics dating back to the Late Pre-Classic Period of the Maya Civilization indicates that the ancient city of Cahal Pech extended well beyond the foothills of the existing ruin.  Over the weekend a team of workers were digging up a section of the street as part of a sustainable tourism program when they uncovered a wealth of artifacts including ceramic vessels and stone tools, as well as human remains.  Quarrying was immediately halted and archaeologists were summoned to the area where they have been busy unearthing vestiges from the dig.  Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Dr. Jaime Awe, told News Five today that the objects predate the birth of Christ.

Jaime Awe

Dr. Jaime Awe, Director, Institute of Archaeology

“As part of the infrastructural work they were excavating down the middle of Burns Avenue to put in place some storm drainage and also they are going to be burying some of the power lines and cables and water [main] and while doing that they came across some artifacts.  This happened on Saturday and the Belize Institute of Archaeology was informed and some of our staff arrived on the scene and since then we have met with the contractors and stopped the further excavation of this part of Burns Avenue and we are working closely with the contractors again and in the process we have started to find several other objects.  We now have some whole and some fragmented vessels.  We have some stone tools and also some human remains.  All this material dates to the first couple centuries before the birth of Christ during what we call the Late Pre-Classic Period.  And the other interesting thing about the deposit is that we believe that it represents probably a couple houses that were there way back before the birth of Christ as part of Cahal Pech and that sometime around the time of the birth of Christ these buildings may have been covered over by flood water and the people probably abandoned them and moved to higher ground.”

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4 Responses for “New Archaeological Site in a Cayo Street”

  1. Maria Marshall says:

    Wow, what a great discovery to be made in 2012. This very important year of the Mayan calender.

    I can’t wait to hear more and hurry book another flight out to Belize.

    Maria M.

  2. belizeanpride says:

    should have left the place to have it as a little maya archeology center and make a over pass over it so make it more beautiful. just saying since that’s a area full with tourist day and night wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a over pass and have the little maya place there where everybody can go there and take a look at it at it’s original place.

  3. proud belizean says:

    Excellent this makes Cayo a very important part of history. this means there is much to be excavated! Bones perfectly carved ceramics. 2012!

  4. delicy says:

    mmh, so skeptic, good that they found that imagine how weren found and not know of . A wanda .
    If I would live in Cayo and my house was ARound there I would start diging in my backyard too.


  5. maya says:

    the department should have the ruins open. It will make burns avenue attractive. the workers should instead build a by pass which will make even fantastic

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