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#496049 - 09/25/14 10:59 AM A Sprucing Up For Xunantunich
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Xunantunich in San Jose Succotz, Cayo is one of the most towering, iconic and often visited mayan sites in Belize. And while it has been upkept and refurbished over the years, the site still needs work. And today that came in the form of a fifty five thousand US dollar grant from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. It was awarded to the Institute of Archaeology to restore the Site. Director, Dr. John Morris discussed the details of the project.

Dr. John Morris, Director, Institute of Archaeology

"The Benque archaeological is a small to medium centre that is located within the confines of the town of Benque Veijo Del Carmen but it is actually a suburb of the main side of Xunantunich. It was discovered back in the 1930's and since then the town has grew and has encroached upon the land that are apart of the archaeological site. In fact what remains today are about a dozen mounts which we are going to excavate and expose. We are simply exposing the architecture of the buildings that were once there. We will expose several of the structures in order to show the general public what was there once. We are planning to build a fence around the site, also to put in signage so people can understand what was there in antiquity."


H.E. Carlos Moreno, US Ambassador

"The purpose of the grant is to recognise the countries in which the United States has an interest by way of embassy our council office. Interested in helping those countries preserve it's rich cultural history. In this case the Dr. said it's more inline with preservation. As I understand it one of the principle elements of the project is to build a retaining wall to prevent further deterioration of the site, I think that's the primary goal."

NICH and community members are assisting with the project.

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#496058 - 09/25/14 11:25 AM Re: A Sprucing Up For Xunantunich [Re: Marty]
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U.S. Embassy Donates to Preservation of Xunantunich…

The Benque Archaeological Site, an area surrounding Xunantunich, is an archaeological reserve that faces a number of issues pertaining to its preservation.  Not only is the Maya monument in danger of collapse, but it is also constantly vandalized by looters.  Regrettably, there is also the problem of the illegal dumping of trash in the park.  So, the Institute of Archaeology, now headed by Doctor John Morris, decided to present a detailed proposal to U.S. Ambassador Carlos Moreno.  That outline to conserve what’s left of the site has been given the green light and grant funding for the project will be provided through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.  This afternoon, a brief ceremony for the handing over of fifty-five thousand U.S. dollars was held at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan where Ambassador Moreno and Doctor Morris were on hand to discuss the initiative.

Dr. John Morris, Director, Institute of Archaeology

Daniel Guerrero

“The Benque Archaeological Site is a small to medium center that is located within the confines of the town of Benque Viejo del Carmen but it is actually a suburb of the, if we can use that term, a suburb of the main site of Xunantunich.  It was discovered back in the 1930s and since then the town has grown and has encroached upon the lands that are part of the archaeological site, in fact, what remains today are about a dozen mounds and we are trying to excavate and expose them.  They still have a shrine there and a major or medium-sized temple.  The site dates to, at the height of its occupation, probably around six hundred to eight hundred A.D. and mostly occupied by an elite household.  In this case we are simply exposing the architecture of the buildings that were once there.  We will expose several of the structures in order to show the general public what was there once.  We are planning to build a fence around the site, also to put in signage so that people can understand what was there in antiquity.”

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