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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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  • amazing what they found and uncovered . It's ashame they do not have the money to complete the excavation .  more »
  • This was our visit to Belize from a cruise. It was a drive from the harbor to the site. Our guide was excellent, he had been involved in the "restoration" and a Maya descendant. It was a bit of a clim...  more »
  • Excellent tour of some Mayan ruins and especially because got to see some newly discovered tombs.....great guide and very informative  more »