I Saw The Crown Jewel Of Belize - The Jade Head of Altun Ha
On February 15th 2012, for the 10 year anniversary of the Museum of Belize, the crown jewel of Belize was unlocked from its vault and put on display for ONE DAY ONLY. I had to take a trip to Belize City.
The Mayan site of Altun Ha is located 31 miles north of Belize City and there, in 1968, an archaeologist from Canada made an amazing discovery. The Jade Head along with forty other objects, had been placed within a large tomb that was located below the stairs in one of the temples. The elderly adult male, probably an important ruler of the site during his lifetime, was buried with this jewel around 600 AD. And remained untouched for over 1300 years.
This one day exhibition and opening of the second floor of the museum was well worth travelling to Belize City for...
The museum is located in one of the colonial sections of the city in the old Belize City prison. School kids were out in droves to see the jade piece.
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Photographs by San Pedro Scoop
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Other Belizean "Pictures of the Day":
San Pedro Daily, Tony Rath's "Images of Belize"