In a conversation with Commissioner of Archaeology John Morris, the Commissioner said that the Department of Archaeology has begun working in southern Belize at the Mayflower site and that a trail had been opened to the Seven Hills Sugar Mill. The department is also in the process of upgrading the southern sites of Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun. Morris explained that the development of the Mayflower, Seven Hills and Marco Gonzales sites has been "in the pipeline" for some time. The funding for the development of the sites has been allocated by the European Economic Community. The BTB will also assist financially. Commissioner Morris said the department most recently had focused on developing the Caracol, Lamanai and Altun Ha sites and now would commence with the projects in the south and north, including upgrading Cerros which is located near Corozal.
Morris will meet with Director of Tourism, Kevin Gonzalez next week to appraise the Marco Gonzalez site. It is also expected that Dr. Elizabeth Graham, who originally excavated the site, will return this summer and participate in the planning to open Marco Gonzalez to the public.