An Archaeological Guide to Northern Central America: Belize, by Joyce Kelly

By Joyce Kelly

Tikal, Copán, Uaxactún - historical Maya towns whose names conjure up romance, secret, and technology by surprise. Joyce Kelly’s transparent descriptions and alluring pictures of those and lots of different websites will make you need to pack your baggage and head for valuable the United States. And if you arrive, this guidebook won't allow you to down. It covers 38 websites and 25 museums - greater than the other guidebook - in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Kelly’s info is exact and recent: she has visited each website in my opinion. The descriptions comprise the entire significant, famous websites and plenty of now not showing different guidebooks.

Kelly describes each one web site and museum, from its pyramids and temples to its hieroglyphic stairways and "eccentric flints." She contains many web site plans, and her description of every website comprises its historic historical past in addition to its contemporary archaeological activity.

Equally vital, Kelly describes precisely easy methods to get there. transparent maps and detailed written instructions comprise the gap (in miles and kilometers) and the riding time required for every section of the journey. if you want a four-wheel-drive automobile to barter rutted dust roads, Kelly tells you. if you would like a consultant, she tells you the place to discover one.

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Page vii CONTENTS List of Illustrations ix Alphabetical List of Sites and Museums xiii Preface xv Acknowledgments xvii Part One: Introduction The Archaeology of Northern Central America 3 Chronological Chart 4 Geographic Divisions 6 General Advice and Miscellaneous Notes 8 The Rating System 14 List of Sites and Museums by Ratings 15 Paer Two: The Sites and Museums General Information for Belize 19 1. General Information for Section 1, Northern Belize 23 Santa Rita 26 Cerros 28 Nohmul 31 Cuello 33 Lamanai 35 Lamanai Museum 44 Altun Ha 45 2.

If, however, you plan to visit some of the remote sites, you will need something more serious, like good hiking boots. When you are climbing rocky trails or walking muddy ones, boots are better than tennis shoes. I was once accused (jokingly, I hoped) of having a foot fetish. Maybe so, but my sense of adventure dwindles in direct proportion to the increase in discomfort of my feet. If boots are recommended for a particular site, it is mentioned in the text; otherwise, tennis shoes may be considered adequate.

D. 830 to 1000), many of the lowland Maya centers in northern Central America were abandoned or nearly so, though remnant peasant populations remained at some sites for a time. The elite activities of great architectural construction and monument carving came to a virtual halt in this area. D. 1000 to 1540), there was some architectural activity near the lakes in the Petén, and the important centers of Topoxte and Tayasal were built during the late part of this period. Nevertheless, these and other Postclassic remains cannot compare to the great Classic cities in size or grandeur.

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