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Institute of Archaeology goes on Tour for Archaeology Week

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017. 4:41 p.m. CST.

By Zoila Palma: The Institute of Archaeology in Orange Walk and San Pedro will go on a tour to celebrate International Archaeology Day.

The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Institute of Archaeology under the guidance of Dr. Allan Moore, Associate Director of the Institute, will be touring with a lecture series to Orange Walk Town on the 17th and 18th to talk about the origins of the Maya.

The presenters, Antonio Beardall, Josue Ramos and Paul Smith will be looking back in time, using photographs, video clips and the fossilized remains of a giant sloth.

The presentation will also give emphasis to specific aspects of a few of the sites in the Orange Walk district such as Lamanai, Cuello and Ka’kabish.

The team will then visit San Pedro Town, on the 19th and 20th October.

These presentations will focus on the Maya use of the island as a trading zone, especially highlighting the dynamism of the Marco Gonzales Site.

A visit to Marco Gonzales will be coordinated on the Saturday the 21st (Archaeological Day).

All the presentations are focusing on educating the public about archaeology in their respective areas.  This knowledge will be coupled with the goal of increasing the desire to preserve and protect our own cultural heritage underlining not only for their historical importance, but also because they are living spaces for wildlife.

While there is great interest in sharing the information throughout the nation during the Archaeological Week, the team is unable to tour the entire country of Belize in only one week.

Arrangements are currently being made to share the region-specific information in Stann Creek and Cayo districts in the near future.

For more information contact Antonio Beardall at the Institute of Archeaology, 501-822-2106.

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