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Institute of Archaeology inaugurates new monument to celebrate Belize’s 40th anniversary of independence

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Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2021. 1:52 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: This week, the Institute of Archaeology within the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) inaugurated a new public art monument to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Independence.

The monument, designed and constructed by Jorge Can, was inaugurated in collaboration with the Belize National Celebrations Commission.

Representatives of the National Celebrations Commission, the National Institute of Culture and History, and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) attended the inauguration ceremony, which was held in Belmopan

The “Belize at 40” Stela is located at the Administration building in Belmopan and features a poem written in ancient Mayan style and translated to 88 individual glyphs by Dr. Christophe Helmke, Jorge de Leon, and Frank Tzib.

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