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Institute of Archaeology opens 3 more archaeological reserves, Xunantunich still closed

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2022. 8:57 am CST.

Photo Credit: IA/NICH

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: In the middle of the recovery efforts after Hurricane Lisa, the Institute of Archaeology in the National Institute of Culture and History (IA/NICH) has now opened three more archaeological reserves, but Xunantunich in San Jose Succotz in the Cayo District is still closed.

Late on Monday, the IA/NICH announced that it was opening Altun Ha in the Belize District and Barton Creek and the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves in the Cayo District.

The IA/NICH has been opening the sites gradually since last Friday, November 4 when it allowed visits to Serpon Sugar Mill, Nim Li Punit, Lubaantun, Santa Rita, Cerro Maya, and Cahal Pech. Caracol was opened on Saturday, November 5 while Lamanai and Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch were opened on Monday, November 7.

With today’s opening, 12 archaeological sites are now back in business.

The IA/NICH has been busy removing fallen trees, putting back signs, and repairing other damage caused by Lisa at the different reserves. On Monday, the IA/NICH thanked its staff and volunteers, which include the tour guide associations and companies, for helping in the recovery efforts.

It is expected Xunantunich will open soon.


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