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18:00 - 19:00 4 February 2014

Ancient Maya Sacred Geography: the watery underworld of Cara Blanca, Belize


Room 209 | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Lisa J. Lucero, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The ancient Maya landscape was imbued with sacred, animate qualities, which the Maya either left untouched or transformed using prescribed concepts. Of particular significance were openings in the earth, such as caves and pools, which the Maya considered portals to the underworld or Xibalba and in which they left countless offerings to petition gods and ancestors to bring forth rain and bountiful crops. Cara Blanca is a place in central Belize where there are 25 pools which served as watery portals.


Professor Elizabeth Graham
+44 (0)20 7679 7532 | e.graham@ucl.ac.uk


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