Belize - Structure N10-43, High Temple
2nd Stop, Tallest
|View of New River Lagoon from
|Lower plaza area around
Structure N10-43, Lamanai
temple has two major architectural phases that were identified by D.
Pendergast and were
found to date from 100 BC to AD 600.
It is the main structure in one of Lamanai's largest plazas.
There are 5 other major structures that surround this plaza.
Excavations beneath the plaza in front of N10-43 located
fairly extensive Preclassic architectural and material culture
remains. Since we know
the structure reached its highest point at 112 ft (33m) in 100 BC it
is not surprising to discover that the area was important well
before 100 BC.
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Phase – 100 BC
here are the recently recovered masks during the Tourism Development
Project (TDP), they flank the east and west side of the central
tripartite stair. Even
more important is the fact this structure is securely dated to the
Preclassic period and provides us with the knowledge that the Maya
of Lamanai were socially and economically well organized by this
early date. This being
the case some theorize that since Lamanai was stable during a fairly
early time it allowed them to survive the Classic period collapse,
and boast over 3,000 years of occupation.
Classic Phase – AD 600
the end of the Classic Maya period this structure undergoes a major
frontal modification. It
is during this time that the Maya construct a Lamanai Building Type
(LBT, similar to what we see on Structure N9-56, Mask Temple
and N10-9, Jaguar Temple). This
is the largest of all LBT's and has a total of 11 doorways and as is
typical is placed athwart, or across the central lower stair.
Structure N10-43 (High Temple) – Lamanai, Belize
period Blackware vessel, discovered by D. Pendergast during through
Tourism Development Project (TDP) conducted work from 2000 – 2003,
it consisted of consolidation of the main structures at Lamanai.
was in charge of the Lamanai work and he also assisted with work at
Caracol, and Altun Ha. One
goal of this project was to allow a more user-friendly experience
for tourists who visit the site; this includes clarifying
architectural phases, access to the ruins, and even facility
improvements (bathrooms, visitor center, and stores).
Development Project (TDP) –
Portion Structure N10-43
65 local people from Indian Church and San Carlos villages were
hired to assist with the difficult task of consolidating Lamanai's