ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES: CAVES

For all of Maya history, and indeed of Mesoamerica, caves have played a central role in religion and mythology. Caves were, and are still, viewed as the homes of many of their gods, including Chak, god of rain, and Ix Chel, goddess of the moon and fertility. Caves were also the entrance to Xibalba, the Maya underworld.

Because they were so important, the Maya performed many rituals inside of them. BVAR offers the unique opportunity to study the archaeological remains of these rituals. This year we will be mapping and excavating several caves in the Belize Valley, as well as scouting out newly discovered caves.

Caves that BVAR has focused on in the past or are studying presently are:

 

Actun Tunichil Muknal

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Actun Uyazba Kab

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Actun Yaxteel Ahau

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Actun Che Chem Ha

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Actun Halal

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Actun Nakbe

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Actun Chapat

 

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For an application and more information about the project, please email:

BelizeMaya@aol.com

 

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