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Nim Li Punit (Big Hat), Toledo District
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Nim Li Punit is a Maya Classic Period site in the Toledo District of the nation of Belize, located 40 kilometres north of the town of Punta Gorda, at 16° 19' N, 88° 47' 60W. Nim Li Punit is sometimes known as Big Hat or Top Hat; the name is Kekchi Maya for "Big Hat", referring to the large elaborate head-dress on a stela sculpture found on site depicting one of the site's ancient kings.Nim Li Punit is a medium-sized site from the Maya Classic Period, flourishing from the 5th century AD through the 8th century AD. It consists of structures around three plazas, including several step-pyramids, the tallest being 12.2 meters high. The site has a number of carved stelae illustrating the ancient city's rulers. Several stelae are in an unfinished state, suggesting a sudden halt to work. The site is near Belize's Southern Highway and is open to visitors subject to an admission charge.
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  • The road to these ruins is a little treacherous, so I would not recommend trying to drive up it without a bigger vehicle or if it has been raining. However, once you arrive, you will be surprised to s...  more »
  • We visited Nim Li Punit on 6/28/16 as part of a trip to the Ixcacao Chocolate Factory. If you are new to Meso-American Archaeology then this is a good first experience. It is not like Tikal where you ...  more »
  • We were a group of 5 college students doing work for a local environmental nonprofit located near Nim Li Punit. We finished work early and decided to check the site out. We were dropped off at the ent...  more »