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Lamanai historic monuments conservation project: recording and consolidation of new church architectural features at Lamanai, Belize

Graham, E; (2008) Lamanai historic monuments conservation project: recording and consolidation of new church architectural features at Lamanai, Belize. Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI): Crystal River, US.

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Abstract

Archaeological investigations at Lamanai, situated along the New River Lagoon in northern Belize, have revealed two highly important churches from the Spanish Colonial period. During excavations and survey otherwise focused on tourism development in 2003 and 2004, new features of the earlier church were uncovered. In 2007, the National Institute for Culture and History in Belize (NICH)–through the Belize Institute of Archaeology (IoA) and under the direction of Jaime Awe and John Morris as part of the Lamanai Historic Monuments Conservation Project (LHMCP)–began consolidation and partial reconstruction of Spanish and British colonial period structures at Lamanai. Support was provided by the U.S. State Department's Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation. Expertise from the Institute was also provided by Brian Woodye, George Thompson, and Jorge Can, all of whom played pivotal roles in the coordination, execution and ultimate success of the project. The project's focus included the two Spanish churches as well as the 19th century British sugar mill. The emergency funds received from FAMSI facilitated expanded investigation and recording of the new church features under the direction of Claude Belanger, which complemented the Belize government's consolidation program at the site. Results comprise the discovery of a new courtyard or atrio associated with the first church along with caches dating to the colonial period. In addition, discovery of holes for posts supporting the perishable nave of the second church–the evidence for which has thus far been elusive–provided us with the dimensions of the original colonial structure.

Type: Report
Title: Lamanai historic monuments conservation project: recording and consolidation of new church architectural features at Lamanai, Belize
Publisher version: http://www.famsi.org/reports/06110C/
Keywords: Maya, Lamanai, churches, Spanish colonial
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/933861
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