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Lubaantun, Toledo District

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Lubaantun is a pre-Columbian ruined city of the Maya civilization in southern Belize, Central America. Lubaantun is in Belize's Toledo District, about 42 kilometres northwest of Punta Gorda, and approximately 3.2 kilometres from the village of San Pedro Columbia, at an elevation of 61 metres feet above mean sea level. One of the most distinguishing features of Lubaantun is the large collection of miniature ceramic objects found on site; these detailed constructs are thought to have been charmstones or ritual-accompanying accoutrements.The city dates from the Maya Classic era, flourishing from the AD 730s to the 890s, and seems to have been completely abandoned soon after. The architecture is somewhat unusual from typical Classical central lowlands Maya sites. Lubaantun's structures are mostly built of large stone blocks laid with no mortar, primarily black slate rather than the limestone typical of the region. Several structures have distinctive "in-and-out masonry"; each tier is built with a batter, every second course projecting slightly beyond the course below it. Corners of the step-pyramids are usually rounded, and lack stone structures atop the pyramids; presumably some had structures of perishable materials in ancient times.
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  • Allegedly where a crystal skull was found. The grounds are still being rediscovered and you can see the workers. It's a bit of a drive to get there, but it's worth it. 
  • The stairs leading to the ruins echo the architecture of the ruins themselves. The people maintaining this site have obviously put a lot of thought and effort into making this a picturesque and authen...  read more »
  • We went out of our way to go there and there really isn't much to see. There is a small indoor area with info (micro museum) then you can wander around by yourself. We paid $1 for the "map" but it's j...  read more »
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