By Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan

Archaeologists are uncertain precisely while the Maya inhabited the coastal parts of Belize, yet considerable facts exists to aid an in depth maritime alternate community alongside the coast by means of A.D. six hundred This quantity makes a speciality of the maritime exchange community websites on Ambergris Caye, Belize the place excavations have printed remnants of very small villages, or camps, alongside the Caribbean coastline.

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They may well have taken over existing trade routes and consolidated them into one great network. It is also true that Postclassic ports such as Tulum and Ixpaatun were spread further apart than the Classic ports before them. The later ports were also larger and defended from land attacks. group forced local 'Mom-and-Pop' operations out of business. Then, the Putlin would have needed to carefully locate and defend their outposts from pirates and raiders from competing groups. A French-Mexican expedition led by Michel Piessel in 1988 \vas able to show that coastal traders could easily travel 30 ormore miles in a single day.

The Maya tended to bury people under their homes, or if they were rulers, perhaps in a tomb inside a temple. One burial from San Juan was of an infant child about three years old. The child was buried with a Late Classic cylinder vase and the pedestal base of a vessel dated several hundred years later. The cylinder vase had probably been a family heirloom. A male about 40 years old was interred with a Tohil Plumbate jar (the San Juanjar) and two other ceramic vessels, a carved jade face, a tubular jade bead, two stone knives and a stone flake, a carved shell bead, four deer antlers, and an awl made from a deer bone, and a manatee bone.

It is also true that Postclassic ports such as Tulum and Ixpaatun were spread further apart than the Classic ports before them. The later ports were also larger and defended from land attacks. group forced local 'Mom-and-Pop' operations out of business. Then, the Putlin would have needed to carefully locate and defend their outposts from pirates and raiders from competing groups. A French-Mexican expedition led by Michel Piessel in 1988 \vas able to show that coastal traders could easily travel 30 ormore miles in a single day.

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