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Xunantunich's New Facilities #466866
06/19/13 06:13 AM
06/19/13 06:13 AM
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Xunantunich has a new visitor's center along with some new bathrooms. They should be open for guests soon.

Lots of photos here.

Re: Xunantunich's New Facilities [Re: Marty] #488360
03/20/14 02:40 PM
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Xunantunich Welcome Center Grand Opening

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Benque Marimba Youth Academy sharing encouraging moments with our dear President Ms.Diane Haylock at Xunantunich.

The grand opening for the new welcome center at Xunantunich was today, and the Benque Marimba Academy was there to play for all the attendees, which included NICH president Diane Haylock and Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia.

"Good Morning Belize and the World, our morning is once again filled with happiness and glee, early mañanitas and we are now at the beautiful and magnificent Xunantunich for the grand opening of the new welcome center with special performance by the Benque Marimba Academy."

Re: Xunantunich's New Facilities [Re: Marty] #488398
03/21/14 05:24 AM
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Xunantunich Visitor Center Becomes a Reality

vlcsnap-2014-03-20-17h19m34s175Xunantunich is an Ancient Mayan archaeological site in the West of Belize, in Socouts Village, Cayo District. It is one of Belize’s most visited Mayan ruins and so has become a very crucial site for the tourism industry.

As of yesterday, the Xunantunich site has a new Visitor’s Center. Our correspondent Kent Pandy was there for the official inauguration of the Xunantunich Visitors Center and spoke to Dr. Jaime Awe, Commissioner of Archaeology.

vlcsnap-2014-03-20-17h16m15s186Dr. Jaime Awe- Commissioner of  Archaeology

“We are presently standing in the newly open Xunantunich Visitor Center.  It brings us to a whole new level of sight.  Visitor Center is because the exhibits that we have here incorporate not just artifacts but also big murals and a lot of information.  When you go to the door, you are greeted, as you see behind me with this big mural, that has a wooden cross down at the bottom.  That wooden cross is a replica of what was noted at the site in the 1800’s when Thomas Gaunn, an English doctor first visited the site.  He reports that the Maya from San Jose Succ’otz used to leave offerings at the base of a wooden cross.  When you go inside past this point, we have information about how this site developed from its earliest occupation right up to when the site was abandoned.  We have panels that tell us about names of Xunantunich (because this site has changed names four times”.

Dr. Awe told us more about the actual Mayan ruin and about its name.

vlcsnap-2014-03-21-01h07m20s252Dr. Jaime Awe:  “The first name that was used for the site was Mount Maloney, because of this British governor Alfred Maloney in the 1800’s commissioned a survey of this area and the surveyors put a monument at the top of that big pyramid thinking it was a hill and decided to call it after the governor.  Later on, Derrick Thompson, a famous British archaeologist decided to call the site Benque Viejo.  Well you know the village is in Succ’otz, so, the villagers weren’t too happy with that name.  It was ten subsequently changed to Xunantunich which means Stone Maiden based on a legend and then in 2003, I was excavating in one of the buildings and we found this carved monument which had a Maya writing on it, and in that writing, it told us that the ancient name of the city was Kat Witz which means ‘Clay Mountain’.  But we are not going to change the name from Xunantunich because it is so established now”.


Benque House of Culture Marimba Academy

Musical interlude. The Benque Marimba Academy played at the inauguration of the Xunantunich Welcome Center, and the Pandy Show was there to get a great video of one of their songs.

In related news, the SISE House of Culture is going to start offering marimba lessons. Contact them for more information.

"Youths getting into marimba music... The benque house of culture marimba academy was playing at the Xunantunich visitor center."

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