Lamanai Mayan Ruins

Lamanai Mayan Ruins Belize 

Looming over the west bank of the New River Lagoon, Lamanai Mayan Ruins, or "submerged crocodile," is off the beaten track-perhaps the reason why it thrived for over 3000 years. The city of Lamanai Mayan Ruins began its regional supremacy around 1500 B.C. Extending from the formative years of the Mayan world to the preaching friars of Spanish colonists, Lamanai Mayan Ruins flourished and supported a vast community of farmers, merchants, and traders. 
 
You might even find the profile of Crocodile Mask at the base of Temple N-9-56, Lamanai. Named for the thriving crocodile population in the nearby New River lagoon, Lamanai's main structures and excavated artifacts exhibit many representations of the famed reptile. Because some of Lamanai's ruins are some of the oldest in Belize dating back to 700 B.C., the site has received more attention than other archaeological sites in the country. Still, of the 700 buildings within the complex, less than five percent have been excavated and explored. Aside from the central pyramid, thick forest has consumed many of the limestone mounds that housed the thousands of Mayan inhabitants. With a population exceeding 35,000 at the height of the city's power, Lamanai's trading influence extended over the border
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