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The Archaeology of Belize in the Twenty-First Century

Jaime J. Awe

in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390933
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195390933.013.0005

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Archaeology of Belize in the Twenty-First Century

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Located on the southeastern corner of the Yucatán Peninsula, Belize is the second smallest country in Central America. In spite of its size, however, the country has an incredibly rich and diverse cultural heritage that includes the remains of pioneering preceramic cultures, numerous prehistoric cities that reflect the grandeur of Maya civilization, the ruins of several “Visita” churches that represent the failed efforts of sixteenth-century Spanish entradas , and various historic sites of the British colonial period. This article provides a brief history of the management of archaeological resources in Belize, a summary of archaeological investigations during the last two hundred years, and the present direction of archaeological research in the country.

Keywords: Yucatán Peninsula; archaeological resources management; archaeological research; Visita

Article.  5904 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology by Region ; History and Theory of Archaeology

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