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Xunatunich, Belize                                                           

The Mayan ruins site of Xunatunich, (or Maiden of the Rock), is located Xunantunich-- Belize Travel, Guatemala Travel, Belise, discount student travel, 
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student travel rates, study abroad programs, adventure tours, student travel network, travel toursin northwestern Belize, in the Cayo District near the border with Guatemala, across the river from the village of San Jose Succotz.  This major ceremonial center was built upon a natural limestone ridge, providing a panoramic view of the Cayo District. The largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises to a height of 130 feet above the main plaza and a total of 250 feet above the river valley below. The main temple is visible from all parts of the valley.

"This ceremonial centre is an outlying member of, and on the eastern fringe of, a dense concentration of Maya sites in the eastern part of the Peten district of Guatemala which includes such well-known major sites as Tikal, Uaxactun and Naranjo. After examining the Maya remains in the whole of the Belize river valley, G.R.Willey and others suggested that Xunantunich may in fact have been a fairly important provincial centre, perhaps a regional capital. Whether this capital of the "Belize valley community" itself owed allegiance to the much larger sites further west is a matter for conjecture. Certainly the fine astronomical carved frieze on the main palace building at Xunantunich should indicate that the priests there were in the main stream of Maya intellectual culture."

E. Mackie, New Light on the End of Classic Maya Culture
at Benque Viejo, British Honduras
, p. 8.

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