Cave Archaeology of Belize

McNatt, Logan (1996) Cave Archaeology of Belize. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, 58 (2). pp. 81-99.

[img] PDF
Restricted to Full text available through external link

Download (351Kb)


    Approximately 300 caves have been documented in Belize in the past 100 years. These include 198 registered archaeological sites. Ethnohistoric, ethnographic, iconographic, and archaeological sources indicate the importance of caves in Maya culture over a period spanning at least 1,500 years. The few analyses of ceramics from Belize caves indicate use predominantly during the Late Terminal Classic and Early Postclassic A.D. 600-1100). A wide array of archaeological evidence such as ceremonial dumps, burials, art, and artificial construction support the idea that caves were used primarily for ceremonial activities. Looting is a major problem, and lack of funding seriously compromises not only the protection of cave sites, but also the preservation of materials and publication of the information recovered by archaeological research. V58N2-McNatt-0510340362

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
    Related URLs:
      Publisher: Unspecified Publisher
      Keywords: caves speleology Belize archaeology
      Subjects: (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2010 06:00
      Last Modified: 28 Jan 2011 17:04

      Actions (login required)

      View Item