AIA Site Preservation Projects

Paynes Creek, Belize

The only known Classic Maya wooden structures are located in Paynes Creek National Park in Belize. The project, led by Louisiana State University Professor, Heather McKillop, will help protect the underwater wooden structures and make information available to area residents and tourists. With the three-year grant from the AIA, McKillop will construct an observational platform and host a series of workshops and talks in the region to raise awareness of the site.

Elevation view of Underwater Maya observation platform (AIA/Heather McKillop, Louisiana State University)

Late Classic Maya wooden building post with chipped base (AIA/Heather McKillop, Louisiana State University)

Snorkeling archaeologists systematically traverse K'ak' Naab' underwater site for wooden posts (AIA/Heather McKillop, Louisiana State University)

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