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Pottery in ATM

Taken in Actun Tunichil Muknal cave in Belize, unfortunately there was an accident where someone dropped their camera on an ancient skull in the cave, and as a result of this more conservation effort is being put into the site and cameras are no longer allowed. HOWEVER given the opportunity to go you absolutely should, i’ve been twice and I would gladly go many more times, it’s an amazing experience!

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Stones against the Sky

Ok, so just to re-establish this, i’m an archaeology dork. This is a photo of the Xunantunich ruins in Belize. This site is really, REALLY cool. It’s a little bit on the small side, but as you can see here there are some really interesting structures still standing. These ruins are pretty accessible, which is really nice too. If you are staying in San Ignacio you can take the bus over here. One thing to be aware of if you don’t have a car or aren’t taking a taxi up is that once you cross the tiny river to get to the road that leads you up to the ruins, you are going to have to walk. I’d say the walk is close to a mile long, and it’s pretty hilly, but it’s totally worth it. Also, the first time I went here with my family (I went back twice after that while I was in field school) we had a guide. you can see two triangular shaped window areas near the top of the structure (which kind of makes the area there look like an elephant, but it’s not) according to our guide when this site was still in use the people here would put fires in those openings. You could see it from pretty far away, it made the building look like a monster to people who were down in the jungle, so it was kind of a defense mechanism. Let me reiterate that i’m really dorky when it comes to archaeology stuff so when I heard that I thought it was super cool, which is why I decided to share it for anyone else who might be interested. Anyway, it’s a really cool site, like I said, i’ve been there three times, and i’d highly recommend going. Plus the view from the top of this building is awesome.

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Taken in the absolutely incredible ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) cave in Belize. This cave site is amazing, and if you are up for the physical challenge and don't mind getting wet, you NEED to go. It takes a fair trek to get here; a long hike, crossing two streams (rivers depending on time of year), a swim into the mouth of the cave, keep swimming/ trekking through water until you get to a monolith, which you climb up, ant then you get to walk around the dry area Here you can find lots of really cool geological formations, a ton of ceramics, including some complete vessels, and several skeletons, including this one. This female skeleton has been on the cave floor for so long that the calcification process has moved on to her bones, creating the crystalline structures you can see here. She is thought to have been a ritual sacrifice, and has come to be known as the Crystal Maiden. It's an amazing place, i've been twice, and I can't wait to get back there. If you have any interest in archaeology or you just want to see something really amazing, go here. It's a little bit pricey, but it is worth every penny. I'd recommend Pacz tours, they were really awesome, and had a lot of respect for the site.

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This is one of my favorite pictures I have ever taken. It was of a young solider sitting on the edge of one of the buildings at Xunantunich ruins in Belize. He was just sitting there watching the tourists walk around in the plaza below, it was a lucky shot, and i'm really happy with it.

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Shark

Taken at Shark Ray Alley in Belize, just off the Cayes

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Beautiful blue Belizean water

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