Contractors bulldoze ancient Maya temple of Noh Mul for road fill aggregate

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Noh Mul --the 'Big Hill'-- coming down for road fill
Noh Mul –the ‘Big Hill’– coming down for road fill

The central pyramid at the Noh Mul complex in Belize has been bulldozed for road fill by a local contractor.

Now, this was the main temple, the ceremonial centre for Noh Mul, at about 20 metres among the tallest buildings in Northern Belize – and it’s not centuries old, it’s millennia, thousands of years old and the thought that it’s rich limestone bricks cut with stone tools in the BC era, the thought that this could be used for road fill is a manifest outrage and a particularly painful one for these Archeologists who were called out to the area today. We were there when they first arrived and got their initial emotional reaction:

“This is one of the largest building in Northern Belize. I am appalled! I was hoping that when I was driving up from the main San Juan road that it would not be this one but when I got closer I couldn’t believe it when I saw all the trucks. This is an incredible destruction.” said Dr. Allan Moore – Archaeologist, Institute of Archaeology.

The company is D-Mar Construction: owned by Denny Grijalva, a UDP candidate for Orange Walk Central. Neither he nor his job foreman –who he blamed for the mistake– were available for comment after repeated requests by a local Belizean TV station Channel 7.

Another comment from Dr. Allan Moore:

…what it is being used for reportedly in nearby Douglas Village and incredible inversion of value, that what the Maya built with stone tools and manual labour ages ago is being demolished with heavy equipment, because these contractors are too lazy to find a proper quarry.

In a nutshell, that.

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2 thoughts on “Contractors bulldoze ancient Maya temple of Noh Mul for road fill aggregate

    uwera said:
    May 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    So sad, Belize. Hopefully, the government will spend the time and money to preserve it cultural resources in the future?

      wes responded:
      May 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      We live in an era when placing personal interest before the common good is heralded as a virtue. What can one underfunded Central American government do but document the atrocities & hope remedial/punitive efforts aren’t seen as too ‘bad for business’?

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