Glacier Bay Alaska

Friday, February 14, 2014

Altun Ha Mayan Ruins in Belize

 Trisha and I took a tour of some Mayan Ruins 30 miles north of Belize City.
This is the English translation of Altun Ha. The city was first built around 250 BC.
 While digging for gravel to build the Trans American Highway they discovered this sight
 This is what the area looked like before excavation.
There's a building under this hill.
 Just the steps have been uncovered on this temple.
 Part of the wall the goes around the sight.
 The lighter stones on the right are original and the ones behind me where reconstructed.
This is the Temple of the green tomb.
 They just started this mounds excavation.
The Temple of the Masonry Altars.
Building across from Temple of the green tomb.
Walls around a living area
There were several of these type of windows in the walls. 
I can't remember what he told me they were for or represented.
Me in front of the Temple of the Masonry Alters.
Trisha in front of temple
There were several of these carvings of the Sun God, Kinich Ahua.
At the corner of the temple.

 Trisha ran up to be in the picture where we climbed to the top of the temple
On top of the Temple looking down into the courtyard.
 I don't look like a tourist do I?
 Trisha wanted to do a yoga stance to get in touch with the spirits.
 Looking back to courtyard "A"
 The Mayan performed sacrafices and other cerimonies on top of this temple.
The archeologists found several pieces of jade on top.

 Inside they found a tomb and the largest jade statue ever found at any Mayan ruin.
 (6" high and 9 3/4 pounds).

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