Mayan ruins of Lubaantun

The Mayan ruins of Lubaantun (“the place of the fallen stones”) are in southern Belize, in the Toledo District, just outside the village of San Pedro Colombia. The ruins are quiet and peaceful, surrounded by deep, lush jungle.  There is debate about what these buildings were, why they were built, why the society that lived here didn’t apparently stay long. There is lots of debate.

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ORCHID AMONG THE RUINS

The ruins have been dated to 700-900 AD, and the area is believed to have been an “administrative, religious, political, and commercial center, mainly used for occasional festivals, ball games, and other sacred ceremonies.”

There is also talk of a crystal skull, that was supposedly found here.  F. A. Mitchell-Hedges, the archaeologist while excavating in 1926, had it made and placed in the ruins for his daughter Anna, to find on her birthday. However, further research has shown that this might not be true! One view: it’s old…. or maybe it’s new…

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It was remarkable to see how beautifully the stones at Lubaantun had been made and faced, and shaped to fit together with no mortar between them to bind the stones.

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BEAUTIFULLY SHAPED, MORTAR-LESS STONES

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FLOWERS AMONG THE RUINS

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MORTAR-LESS WALLS
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THE JUNGLE IS REALLY JUNGLY!
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RED BARK TREE, USED LOCALLY FOR MEDICINE

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OVEN?
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TREE SHOWING TERMITE TUNNEL RUNNING UP IT

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THEOBROMA CACAO – FOOD OF THE GODS! THE COCOA PODS GROW DIRECTLY OUT OF THE TRUNK OF THE TREE!
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COCOA FLOWERS
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WE TASTED COCOA BEANS FRESH OUT OF THE POD
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PINEAPPLE GROWS HERE TOO!
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The ruins of Lubaantun are a beautiful, peaceful place, in the jungle, with the additional mysteries, of who, why and when… and the Crystal Skull! Well worth a visit!

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2 thoughts on “Mayan ruins of Lubaantun”

  1. Looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love how nature reclaims man made structures and turns them into something new and beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing. X

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