By Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan
Archaeologists are not sure precisely while the Maya inhabited the coastal parts of Belize, yet considerable proof exists to help an in depth maritime alternate community alongside the coast via A.D. six hundred This quantity specializes in the maritime alternate community websites on Ambergris Caye, Belize the place excavations have published remnants of very small villages, or camps, alongside the Caribbean coastline.
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Also, Mound 1 at Ek Luum was a ritual location or temple of some sort. Enormous numbers of Coconut Walk sherds were also found there. With Coconut Walk found in such ritual contexts at Chac Balam and Ek Luum, we see reason to think that an alternative use for this pottery must exist. Finally, at least one lagoon on northern Ambergris, near San Juan and Chac Balam, produced salt well into this century. Since then, rising sea levels have made that lagoon no 30 longer exploitable. It seems unlikely that, with a large local salt source nearby, the-residents of these sites would devote much energy to making salt by evaporating sea water.
A, ,/, 0.. :I:; , _ . ,~ <,~,~ . ; 0. Z . /'.. . :,;;/;/ c~,~:cL_~;"O'F. :, ""' : : i; On the front side of the island, things were much different. Many small sites were found which do not have mounds. Where we excavated these sites, like the Franco site, we did not find plazas and large platforms for buildings. Instead there were only the buried, thin plaster floors left from small perishable houses. Only a very few people could have lived at each of these sites, perhaps a family or two. The pottery was very crudely made and no imported artifacts were found.
Even more importantly, it was at this time that Marco Gonzalez became a trade outpost for the great mainland center of Lamanai. Lamanai, the second largest site in Belize, survived and thrived through the 'Maya collapse'. It may well have done so because of its strategic location on the New River Lagoon. While other great centers, such as La Milpa and RIO Azul, were abandoned, Lamanai had the opportunity to become a funnel for forest and agricultural goods of the eastern Peten and northern Belize regions to enter the maritime trade system.
Ancient Maya Traders of Ambergris Caye by Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan