Cahal Pech "Place Of Ticks"
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April 3rd, 2009 – by: geokid
The tallest structure is 77 feet tall. The site appears to have been abandoned by 800 AD. Acropolis is 900 feet above sea level on the west bank of the Macal River. Cahal Pech has several pyramid temples, seven palaces, two ball courts and sweet bath. There are six plain stelae and one non-carved altar. These objects indicate the presence of a stela cult. A number of the large structure have the Maya vault roof system. However a few appear not to have been completed with the Maya vault system. The site core has 34 large non-residential structures. There are several caves upriver from Cahla Pech that contain evidence suggesting the inhabitants of this site conducted ceremonies in and around these caves. There are preserved examples of corn, cacao, anato seeds and skeletal remains of infants and adults. Some skeletal evidence indicates the possibilities of human sacrifices associated with rain and agriculture ceremonies. Cahal Pech may have controlled 10 square miles. Mr. Henry Melhado of Belize owns the property that Cahal Pech sits on. Site hours are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily; Visitor center is open Monday through Saturday. Site and museum fee $2.50 each.
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