Lamanai meaning “submerged crocodile” was once a major city of the Mayan civilization located on the New River in Orange Walk, Belize. Many of Lamanai’s main structures and excavated artifacts represents the famed reptile. Lamanai is renowned for its exceptionally long occupation spanning three millennia, beginning in the early Pre-classic Maya period and continuing into the 20th century. A few of Lamanai’s ruins are some of the oldest in Belize.
Archaeologists believe the Mayan Site was established as early as 1500BC. However, some of its latest structures were occupied as recently as the 18th century AD, signifying over 3200 years of occupation. Unlike other Mayan sites in Belize, Lamanai is the only ruin built in layers. Successive population built upon the temples of their ancestors instead of destroying them.
In addition to the temples and artifacts, Lamanai boasts in the remains of an ancient sugar mill, a brick-lined reservoir, and two Catholic churches. Access to Lamanai Ruins is by boat up the New River in Orange Walk.
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