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Lubaantun, Toledo District

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Ruin Historic Site
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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  • I wish I had planned more time for this. So many different building sites, its hard to imagine what the area would have looked like when they were all standing. I definitely felt like it was worth the...  more »
  • We first visited Lubaantun in the 1999 and it was magical. Well, it is still magical while being a little more accessible these days. A recent revitalization includes easily navigable steps with rails...  more »
  • The drive in to these ruins was definitely interesting due to the recent rains. They're in a really beautiful setting with lots of mature trees. The drive in is accessible from 2 different points off ...  more »

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