Page 5 - Revisiting a Mayan Temple in Belize
P. 5

Figure 2. El castillo (the castle) at Xunantunich as it ap‐ peared in 1950, when excavation had just barely begun. Only a part of the frieze and some stone steps are revealed. The rest of the structure was still covered with soil and vegetation.
jungle is now a paved road. Where there was once a forbidding wall of wild jungle trees and underbrush I now saw a parking lot, a small museum, gift shops, lush toilets, and picnic tables.
In 1950, almost nothing of the temple, usually called “el castillo” or “the castle,” was visible except the frieze up near the top [see Figure 2]. The rest was jungle. Now, not only is the fully excavated temple visible from top
—3 —

   3   4   5   6   7