Uncovering Cahal Pech
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Friday November 28, 2014

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A cover page from the Reporter Newspaper dated Sunday, November 17, 2002 highlighting the opening of Cahal Pech Archaeological Reserve.

Tourist Development Project Team: Hugo Souza, Director Tracy Taegar, Hon. Mark Espat, Dr. Allan Moore, Dr. Jaime Awe.

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San Ignacio, Belize, archaeology students excavate a section of Cahal Pech Maya site in Western Belize, the students are volunteers mostly from the United States, the work is under the direction of the Belize valley Archeological Renaissance Project. Photo courtesy George Villanueva. October 21, 2014

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The Cayo Tour Guide Association is a proud and respected body of tour guides that are qualified and certified by Belizeís Tourism Board. Founded in 1994 in the beautiful towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena in western Belize, it is the most active tour guide association in the country. It consists of approximately 180 guides specializing in Mayan archeology, caving, ornithology, river adventures and traditional ethnobotany practices. We are also involved in the community, by protecting our archaeological history, natural formations, flora and fauna. In addition, we also host clean up campaigns around town, highways and rivers and we educate the future of Belize, our school children, when they visit Belizeís sites.
Uncovering Cahal Pech

For the past few weeks I have observed that excavations had started at the site of Cahal Pech, so today I had a chance to go and do Some investigations of my own. Cahal Pech has been heavily excavated for the past 60 years or so, but since 2011 excavations have unearthed large portions of the site that were covered with soil and trees, particularly the triadic winged temple located on the eastern side B1, B2 and B3. In 2011, we saw the restoration of B1 temple and itís north wing, B2. In 2012 we then saw the restorations of B3 and the rear of B1, exposing the rear stairway, which was a surprise. In 2013, there were several investigations on plaza A. This project is being done under the BVAR flag.

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