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Institute of Archaeology opens Xunantunich, El Pilar; 14 archaeological reserves now open

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2022. 10:43 am CST.

Photo Credit: Rubén Morales Iglesias

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: As it continues its recovery efforts after Hurricane Lisa, the Institute of Archaeology in the National Institute of Culture and History (IA/NICH) on Thursday announced the opening of Xunantunich and El Pilar reserves in the Cayo District.

With the opening of these two sites, the total number of archaeological sites opened has increased to 14.

On Tuesday, the IA/NICH opened Altun Ha in the Belize District and Barton Creek and the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves in the Cayo District.

Prior to that, the IA/NICH had opened Serpon Sugar Mill, Nim Li Punit, Lubaantun, Santa Rita, Cerro Maya, Cahal Pech, Caracol, Lamanai and Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch.

The IA/NICH, with the assistance of its staff and volunteer organizations and individuals has been busy removing fallen trees, putting back signs, and repairing other damage caused by Lisa at the different reserves.


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