By Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan
Archaeologists are uncertain precisely whilst the Maya inhabited the coastal parts of Belize, yet plentiful proof exists to aid an intensive maritime exchange community alongside the coast through A.D. six hundred This quantity specializes in the maritime exchange community websites on Ambergris Caye, Belize the place excavations have printed remnants of very small villages, or camps, alongside the Caribbean coastline.
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San Juan, Chac Balam, Ek Luum, Punta Limon, Santa Cruz, Laguna Frances, San Pedro Lagoon, Tres Cocos, Habaneras, Burning Water, the Hancock site and Marco Gonzalez were occupied. It is during the Late Classic period that we see evidence of the greatest coastal population and the greatest diversity of sites. A number of sites on the west side of Ambergris, Laguna Frances, San Juan and Chac Balam among them, share a number of features. Each of them have formal arrangements of small mounds which supported pole and thatch buildings and small plazas between the mounds.
Perhaps Mound 2 was the residence of the priest and Mound 1 was the location of public ceremonies. While some exotic goods were found at Ek Luum, it was with much less frequency than at San Juan and Chac Balam. Several obsidian blades were found inside a small building much like Structure 4 at San Juan, which may have also been a storage building. Also, a cache of two pottery vessels was found. In general, though, the people of Ek Luum did not have access to the large quantities of exotic materials that their neighbors did.
This British physician, explorer and archaeologist is famous for probing into nearly every site in northern Belize. It was he who discovered the important murals at Santa Rita and 36 first excavated at Lubaantun. En route to Belize City by boat in the 1920s, Gann made a stop on Ambergris to excavate the 'largest mound' on the northern part of the island. He wrote that: "several burial mounds were excavated, in which bones were disturbed, the skeletons lying on their backs... and food offerings in pottery receptacles provided for their journey into the next world, indicating the usual method of burial among these people.
Ancient Maya Traders of Ambergris Caye by Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan