For example, it is suggested that the recently investigated site of Cahal Pech, above San Ignacio, Cayo District, rose to preeminence in the Preclassic Period before surrendering its dominion to the neighbouring people of Buena Vista and later, during the Classic Period, to that of Xunantunich.
The picture is likened by Belizean archaeologists to the warring local fiefdoms of Medieval Europe.
Belize clearly lay in the Maya heartland: not only are some of the earliest sites, like that of Cuello in Orange Walk, found in the country, but the recent discovery of glyphs at Caracol, Cayo District, apparently portraying a military victory over Tikal suggests that some of the Belizean centres were supreme in the region.
Many other sites are located on private land and can only be visited if prior permission is obtained.
Additional information about the ruins can be had by visiting or corresponding with the Department of Archaeology in Belmopan or with the Association for Belizean Archaeology(ABA) at the Center for Environmental Studies on Eve Street in Belize City.
It is generally thought that the population of what is now Belize was considerably greater during the Classic Maya Period than it is today; the plethora of Maya sites in the country today is testimony to this.
Moreover, it's possible to see a pattern in those sites which helps us to reconstruct the history of those highly creative but warlike peoples.
Some, like those of Altun Ha and Xunantunich, are located close to major roads.
Others, like Lamanai and Caracol, are more difficult of access.
Yet it is this difficulty which makes an excursion to Lamanai unforgettable, for its remoteness and its partially uncovered state heighten its splendour and mystique.
Täiendada seltskonda uute ja huvitavate inimestega?
Absolute on täiskasvanutele mõeldud tutvumiskeskkond - siin saate koostada oma profiili, lisada fotosid, lobiseda chatis, saata üksteisele kirju ning, mis peamine, otsida ja leida endale see õige!
Several archaeological sites, described below, are open to the public.
Four are visited widely by the public, and are soon to be made official archaeological reserves with the supporting facilities.