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Lamanai is one of Belize's largest Mayan ceremonial centers. The name "lamanai" means "submerged crocodile" in the Mayan language. The site is situated on a lagoon created by the New River. It was first visited by archaeologists in 1917, but serious excavation and preservation did not occur until the Royal Ontario Museum began a long term project in 1974. Sadly, Lamanai, along with many other Mayan sites in Belize, experienced heavy looting between 1920 and the early 1970's.

The Main Temple in the complex is the largest Preclassic structure known in all of the Mayan world. It has been heavily modified through the years and the last modification has been dated to the Late Classic Period of around 600 A.D. The adjacent photo shows tourists climbing down from the top of the Main Temple. I did not want to venture up there due to the steepness of the climb. To get a perspective of the size and steepness of the temple, I have included two additional Workshop photos.

In addition to the many Mayan structures in the park, Lamanai is also known for the remains of two 16th century Christian churches and a 19th century sugar mill. Due to the long occupation of the site by varied peoples, the artifacts of Lamanai include those of stone, clay, wood, bone, shell, jade, gold, copper, glass, iron and even liquid mercury.

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