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05/17/17 06:15 AM
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Residents plead for a stop order


A Maya mound, located in the San Pablo neighborhood south of San Pedro Town, was reportedly disturbed on Sunday, May 14th. The mound was once known to have a palapa, a Stela replica, and at one point, even picnic tables for residents to use the area as a park. Although investigations revealed that the mound is on private land, there has been public outcry to stop further development of the site, and instead, preserve its remains.

Jan Brown, Chairwoman of the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site, also inspected the area and explained the archaeological significance of the historical site to The San Pedro Sun. “Mother Nature has changed this whole area over the centuries. This is a young site, but it is probably older than the year 1,000. You can tell the site is historic because of its black dirt, which is called anthropocentric soil. The mound was a small trading village with boat access to water. The Maya who inhabited this site made salt in large pottery bowls by placing salt water and boiling it down. Then they broke the edges of the bowl, and traded it,” said Brown.

Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia Jr., told The San Pedro Sun that it should have never been sold in the first place. “I called the present owner to talk to him about the sale…although the present owner is at liberty to sell the piece of property, all future owners will not legally be able to use the parcel of land for any construction development that would interfere with the existing mound located on the property,” he said back in 2010.

Brown hopes that relevant authorities will issue a stop order. “Damage has already been done, and this is disheartening to me. I have a passion to preserve history, especially of the Mayas who inhibited this island. I just hope this is not another lost cause,” said Brown.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero says that the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) does not have the jurisdiction to issue a stop order. However, he indicated that the property owner sought the help of the SPTC, but he refused. “This was a very touchy situation, so I decided that the SPTC will not participate in clearing that area. Our real estate brokers sold it, and because it is still considered private property, I do not know what the Institute of Archaeology will do,” said Guerrero. The SPTC confirmed that parcel number 1522 belongs to man with a Ladyville address, and that he has been paying property taxes since 2010. As it is alleged that the area will be developed into an apartment complex, the IA are the only ones who can issue a stop order. The San Pedro Sun contacted Director of the IA, Dr. John Morris, but he was unavailable for comment. We will update our readers as more information becomes available.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun


San Pablo Property Identified With Maya Mound Leveled By Developers

A “Maya Mound” in a parcel of land located in the residential area of San Pablo, south of San Pedro Town, as been partially leveled and disrupted as it seems that owners of the property are ready to develop on the property.

What has raised concerns of the neighborhood of San Pablo is that, to the knowledge of the community, that parcel of land was designated a park when the area was being developed and it was discovered that it contained a Maya mound with rich historical and cultural significance for the island of Ambergris Caye.

Needless to say, residents were shocked when they noticed that about half of the Maya mound has been moved and cleared. Upon closer investigations, that parcel of land was sold a few years back with Minister Manuel Heredia expressing the fact that the land should have never been sold.

The lot was once designated a park for the surrounding neighborhood of San Pablo with a palapa, picnic tables and a Maya Stella replica built on it. After many years nothing was done to preserve the Maya mound and park and the lot was overgrown in vegetation. The mound most definitely holds much significant to island residents and should to the Government of Belize for its possible archeological value.


Maya pottery shards found on the property after it was partially cleared “Some one came to the Town Council requesting permission to clear the property,” commented Mayor Daniel Guerrero to Ambergris Today. “But to my knowledge that parcel of land indeed has significance archeological importance that I did not grant permission for that land to be cleared until the owner came to my office with clearance from the Archeological Department of Belize.”

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Re: Maya mound is partially cleared [Re: Marty] #523725
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SUCCESS: Development Stop Order Issued On Property With Maya Mound

The Institute of Archaeology has issued a stop order on any clearing, construction or development on a parcel of land in the San Pablo Area of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize after property owners decided to level a large section of a Maya mound located on site.

“There is clearly a huge Maya presence in the property,” stated Brian Woodye of IA. “You cannot ignore the fact that there are hundreds of Maya potter shards spread across the property. A lot has been damaged when a large section of the mound was leveled.” Woodye explained that the IA has the authority to stop any development on a property where significant Maya artifacts are found in order to preserve its historical importance. The action can be the isolating and restriction of development on a section of a property and even on the entire lot. “The land owners might not be able to touch this property for a long while,” stated Dr. Moore. “It all depends on what we find on our survey of the land. The owner should have waited before he took action on the property. It’s sad to see how this Maya mound was destroyed.”

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San Pedro Moves Against Maya Mound Destroyers

Maya mounds dot the island of San Pedro Ambergris Caye. In recent days, the destruction of one has stirred outcry among the folks in the island. The proud mound stood at the southern area of the island. Though it was not registered among the nineteen others, its existence was well-known. The area somehow fell in private hands and recently, a private contractor bulldozed the site. A stop order has now been issued to stave off any construction. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

Duane Moody, Reporting

It might not look like much and from a distance; you may say it is simply a pile of black dirt, but this plot of land in the San Pablo area in the southern part of San Pedro Town holds pieces of Belize’s tangible cultural Mayan heritage. The mound, which was once known to have a palapa, a Stela replica, and at one point, even picnic tables for residents to use as an open space, was desecrated last Sunday after a portion of the property was bulldozed by a private contractor.

Today, various colors of Maya remnants are visibly seen scattered on the site and the Stela replica destroyed. While half of the property has been overturned, the shards of pottery predate Christ and it is believed that the site was a trading point for the Mayas.

Jan Brown, Marco Gonzalez Maya Site

“We did a site inspection and it is just absolutely unbelievable what you can find there. It’s just a blanket of pottery that has been overturned. We all knew that the site was there; how far it dates back is unknown until some excavation, experimental excavations, can be done by the proper authority. Some of the pottery that was found by the Institute of Archeology and a visiting archeologist, this week, has uncovered pieces of ceramics and it looks as though some of it can be what we called ‘coconut walk’ which was used in very large bowls to boil done salt water and make the salt and then the edges of the bowls were broken and they carry the salt in the bottom. There is another huge slot of the red pottery that comes from off this island.”

There has been an outcry from residents as well as professionals in the archeological field, primarily because the intangible Mayan culture is being threatened. Tens of thousands of Mayas once populated Ambergris Caye, leaving behind several sites; nineteen of which have been registered on the island. Jan Brown and her team operate a nonprofit organization that, with the blessings of government, manages the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. She says the Central Park sits on a registered site.

Jan Brown

“Department of Archeology under the direction of the then Director Doctor Elizabeth Graham; she and her team came out, they explored the whole island and the locals would direct them to what they found or knew where there was a site. In their investigation, they found nineteen sites and registered them with the government. We’re sitting in the corridor from water to water that is a Maya site that covers the Central park, the Jaguars Temple night club, the house next door is the Parham family that is an old registered family here on the island. Behind on the next street is Elvi’s Kitchen; that’s part of the excavation from the eighties. Behind that was Eddie Halliday’s house and it goes again from the front of the Caribbean Sea to the back which we call the lagoon.”

So how did this mound slip through the cracks? And when and how did it end up in private hands?

Daniel Guerrero, Mayor, San Pedro Town

“That land issue has popped up before in 2009 or something like that and it has been controversial since then. It is located in the San Pablo area and as far as we know it was sold out to a private person. Actually it belongs to Mister Enrique Rolando Thompson, from the mainland. It has popped up again now that Real Estate brokers sold it; that the word out there that they sold it and now they had approached our workers to go and level the land and kinda clean it. But I was very good at it and I said no, let’s not touch that property.”

Jan Brown

“It was originally sold by one of our town council officials. And at that point, a year or so later, someone was trying to get approval to build something on it through the authority. Minister Heredia, area rep at that time, said you can sell it all you want to, but you can’t build.”

Following an investigation by the Institute of Archeology in the aftermath of the destruction, a stop order has been issued against the owner.

Daniel Guerrero

“The council actually endorses that. It is part of our cultural heritage and it might have a connection with Santa Cruz or Marco Gonzalez or any other archeological site on the island. My suggestion for this thing to stop is to either write a letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources to just do a swap with the private owner; give him another property somewhere else and give up this one and this one can be registered as an archeological park or something.”

Jan Brown

“We can move on to find a group here in San Pedro to make it into a park and take it back to its natural setting and be able to move forward from there and really protect it and love it. It is their history, it’s the Maya history; it is the history of the San Pedranos.”

Channel 5

San Pedro Moves Against Maya Mound Destroyers

Maya mounds dot the island of San Pedro Ambergris Caye. In recent days, the destruction of one has stirred outcry among the folks in the island. The proud mound stood at the southern area of the island. Though it was not registered among the nineteen others, its existence was well-known. The area somehow fell in private hands and recently, a private contractor bulldozed the site. A stop order has now been issued to stave off any construction.



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