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Carvings on El Castillo

San Jose Succotz, Cayo District, Belize
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These ornate and incredibly well-preserved carvings are hewn into the side of what is known as El Castillo at the Xunantunich site in Belize. These can be found on the western façade of El Castillo. Far be it from me to be able to tell too much about what the deeper meanings are of these carvings, but they include a lot of the things that we are accustomed to seeing out of Mayan carvings like snakes, warriors, dieties, and the like. These carvings date to around 800 AD, so they are no spring chickens! You can actually climb up the side of the ruin itself to get a closer look and or photo of this wonderful ancient artistry.
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