Maya City of Lamanai, Belize
Maya site of Lamanai is located in northern
Belize on the west bank of the New River Lagoon.
The excavation and project
history offers detailed information about the recovery of
information at Lamanai as well as details the current research and
work. More detailed
information on the site history of Lamanai can also be found in the
in this article.
Lamanai was mentioned in historical
documents dating to 1582 and was subsequently visited and
mentioned by Fathers Bartolome de Fuensalida and Juan de Orbita in
1618. In 1641 upon
their return to Lamanai they found the Maya had revolted and as a
result they burned houses as well as the second church.
Thomas Gann carried out limited work at Lamanai in 1917, upon
which time he trenched Structure
N12-12 and recovered a multi-deity crocodilian figurine.
Eric Thompson made a brief stop at Lamanai before he began
his work at San Jose, and in 1967 Thomas Lee recorded information
about a small surface collection of Late Postclassic Tulum-related
sherds. But it was in
1974 that the first large-scale excavations took place under the
direction of David
Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum.
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Information by Function, Use &
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