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Mayan ruin discovery in Belize

By Slickrock Adventures on July 12, 2016

Xunantunich Mayan ruin discovery

We continuously follow Belize news here from our Utah office. By far the best news source for Belize is Channel 5 out of Belize City. A recent news story revealed a major Mayan ruin discovery at Xunantunich in western Belize. Xunantunich is the Belize Mayan ruin that we explore with our guests on our Belize Adventure Week package, so we have been there countless times. Reading Mayan ruin news reminds me of the Moab news. It’s not uncommon for our local paper to feature a new rock fall on the front page of the weekly paper. Now THAT is news if you ask me.

This recent Mayan ruin discovery is a significant one. It tells a story of Mayan royal marriage, geopolitics, and the answer to a long-standing mystery about this Mayan city-state.

The Director of Archaeology of Belize, Dr. John Morris, tells of uncovering an important panel covered with hieroglyphs. The date on the panel is December 2, 638 AD, and the subject of the text is a commemoration of the death of the wife of the ruler of Caracol. In fact, the panel is from Caracol, but found at Xunantunich. Dr. Morris explains how the story on the panel makes some important connections between Caracol and Xunantunich. When Caracol was defeated, the victors took the stairway panel from Caracol, cut it up, and divided it between several cities that helps vanquish the great city of Caracol. Archaeologists have long wondered by Xunantunich was such a powerful city.

To read the full transcript of the news segment, visit Channel5Belize. To read more about Xunantunich, visit our website.

[photo by Dan Seagull]