This June was a great month for archaeologists in Belize and perhaps, all over the world.
An excavation project at the Nim Li Punit Belize archaeological site located in the Toledo district, revealed a small area of tombs reserved for members of the royal family. Nim Li Punit was a place of residence for a group of elite Maya families that settled there between 100AD-250AD. In this grave site, high-quality ceramic artefacts and pieces of jade were found placed on top of the buried bodies.
Photo by Richard Seaman
However, the most spectacular discovery of this excavation project was the preciously carved jade pendant dated 671AD. According to the reports, this intricate valuable is believed to be an artefact worn by the most high-raking kings during bloodletting ceremonies. The object, about the size of a human heart, is believed to be second largest jade relic found in Belize and perhaps all over the Maya world!
Another curious characteristic about this particular jade finding is the carving that is engraved on it. Most of the times, discovered Maya hieroglyphics tell the story about the site in which they are found; yet, this jade artefact tells story about the king—his name, place of origin, and alliance.
Illustration by John Montgomery
We congratulate the hard-working and dedicated team who participated on this amazing Belize archaeological finding. We’re super proud of you! Check out the report below for more details:
Interested in visiting and learning about the Maya culture during your vacation getaway, check out our Belize Maya ruin tours!