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Belize Valley Archaeological
Reconnaissance Project


This section of the website is still under construction. Once finished links will be provided to the archaeological sites listed (alphabetically) below. The individual site links will provide a description of the site's name, the date of its discovery or the date it was recorded in the government archives, its location, a map of the site, a description of the layout and configuration of the site, a summary of research conducted to date, as well as relevant literature and reports. Check in again to see updates of this section.

Surface Sites:

Baking Pot
Cahal Pech
Cahal Uitz Na
Ek Tzul
Lower Barton Creek
Lower Dover
Pook's Hill

Cave Sites:

Actun Chapat
Actun Halal
Actun Nak Beh
Actun Tunichil Muknal
Actun Uayazba Kab
Actun Yaxteel Ahau
Barton Creek Cave
Caves Branch Rockshelter
Chechem Ha
Laberinto de las Tarantulas

Since its incipience BVAR - WBRCP has also conducted reconnaissance and salvage operations at many other sites throughout the Cayo District and neighboring districts, including: Actun Box Chhichh ("Black Bird Cave"), Actun Chuplal ("Girl Cave"), Actun Coo Mac ("Crazy Pit Cave"), Actun Nohoch Uinic ("Old Man Cave"), Actun Oxyehub ("Three Shells Cave"), Actun Zac Chho ("White Rat Cave"), Actun Zac Thul ("White Rabbit Cave"), Bacna ("Prisoner House"), Chaa Creek Chultun, Chaac Mool Ha ("Roaring River"), Cueva del Camino, Cueva Migdalia, Cueva Tepesquintle (aka "Actun Kabul"), Dzununchen ("Hummingbird Cave"), Je'reftheel ("Skeleton Cave"), Pacbitun (lit. “Planted Stones”; aka “Yabaa Tohil"), Hanging Rock (aka “Irish Creek” & “Riviera”), Son of Chapat Cave, Twin Caves, Uayak Na ("Dream House"), Uchentzub ("Cave of the Gibnut"), Xualcanil ("Tiger Grass"), Yax Caan ("Green Heaven") Chultun, and Yaxhal Tun ("Greening Stone"), to name a few.

In addition, the WBRCP has intensively researched the application potential of satellite data to the remote detection of caves. Subsequently, ground-truthing reconnaissance of potential caves was conducted, to test the validity of GIS-derived datasets. To find out more about this program of research, visit the Archaeology Magazine's online feature of the WBRCP.