Major Archaeological find at Nim Li Punit

Friday, June 5th, 2015. BMG: The Nim Li Punit Archaeological site, located approximately 25 miles outside of Punta Gorda Town, has been the center of much hype in the archaeological world over the past few days.

It was about 12 days ago that archaeologists and researchers found 8 pieces of Jade and 26 ceramic pots buried in a tomb and they were amused by a magnificent Jade Pendant which has been named the second largest carved piece of Jade found in Belize and possibly the entire Mayan World. Nim-Li-Punit-2-0003

One thing stood out to the archaeologists and that was the fact that many of the artifacts found at Nim Li Punit did not originate from any Maya City but from Mexico, including the remarkable jade pendant.

Dr. Geoffrey Braswell, one of the archaeologists that dug up the artifacts said: “Well it is significant in many ways, first of all its date, it’s really late, we didn’t expect to find a tomb so rich during the time period of the Maya collapse, so things were still pretty good here at Nim Li Punit, second I think we have to say the most important thing it is the second largest piece of carved Maya jade in Belize and maybe even in the Maya world I have to go look in Mexico and Guatemala and other parts but this is a very large piece.

It was brought here, it wasn’t made here, it was brought here from Caracol in the Cayo District by a Lord of Caracol who came here to what was a much smaller site to celebrate what was an important event on the calendar, an important almost like what was a century change on the calendar and to perform a sacrificial ritual, so the jade talks about him, his name was Janaab K’inich and he was the lord of Caracol, it talks about his mother whose name was the Holy Lady and she is even said it have 5 slaves and his father is mentioned and it says here that he came to do this ritual, Now what is interesting about that is that tells us that the Lords here had very powerful relations with Caracol, we did not know that before because there is no other way to tell from the artifacts here or from the other hieroglyphics – so he came from Caracol and made a visit, kind of like when Queen Elizabeth comes to Belize.”

The initial discovery of the artifacts was made by Maya Azarova, a first year graduate student who describe the event in an interview with the media, saying: “Maybe it was the 25th, it was like the end of the working day, everyone is already, but then I start cleaning, closing up the unit and then I see something, the earth is starting to fall inside and then like OMG! That must be whole pot and then I cry out and start to do it, then I cry out to Professor Braswell and say, hey have a look there is something here and he said it is 30 minutes until closing are you sure? And I’m like “yes I am totally sure.”

The Jade Pendant will be stored at the Central Bank and archaeologists say there is still a lot more to be found at Nim Li Punit.


Photo courtesy of Channel 5.

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