New Treasures Unearthed at Xunantunich


“Archaeologists have uncovered what may be the largest royal tomb found in more than a century of work on Maya ruins in Belize.” That’s how The Guardian broke the earth-shattering news that swept across the world this month. News outlets from Lonely Planet to the Daily Mail have been breathlessly covering this new discovery.

It has all the makings of the most exciting historical tales: hidden royal identities, missing hieroglyphics, and fresh clues to a “snake dynasty” that may have ruled this region some 1,300 years ago.

New Xunantunich Ruins

And where did this amazing find take place? Right down the street from Ka’ana next to our beloved Xunantunich ruins. Already one of the most popular destinations for our adventurous guests, this news is sure to shed more light – and international attention – on the history of this ancient place.

Most mysterious of all, Maya tombs were usually built “intrusively, as additions to existing structures, but the new tomb was built simultaneously with the structure around it – a common practice among cultures such as the ancient Egyptians, but uncommon among the Mayas.”

Hieroglyphic panels discovered in Belize

The third hieroglyphic panel discovered at the Maya ruins in Xunantunich, with Jaime Awe holding a flashlight. Photograph: Christophe Helmke via The Guardian

More analysis is needed to determine who the young man inside the tomb was, what caused his death, and why this tomb is so unlike any we’ve seen before.

“This is the first of its kind found in the Maya world,” said Jason Yaeger, professor and chair of The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Anthropology, who had a team helping with the discovery.

And so the living history of our homeland continues to deepen. We can’t wait to see what other “firsts” this tomb holds.

The Xunantunich Maya City in Belize

A thousand years of earth covered this secret tomb. What treasures will you discover on your journey to Belize?

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