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Altun Ha

Altun Ha is the name given ruins of an ancient Maya city in Belize, located about 30 miles north of Belize City. .

Starting in 1965 an archeological team lead by Dr. David Pendergast[?] of the Royal Ontario Museum[?] began extensive excavations and restorations of the site. One of the most spectacular discoveries is a large (almost 10 pounds) piece of jade elaborately carved into an image of the head of the Maya Sun God, Kinich Ahau. This jade head is considered one of the national treasures of Belize.

"Altun Ha" is a modern name in the Maya language, coined by translating the name of the nearby town of Rockstone Pond.



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