The discovery of an ancient Maya causeway system in the southern Maya Mountains of Belize

Marc A. Abramiuk


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The archaeological site of Quebrada de Oro, southern Belize, is one of four ancient Maya settlement sites, mainly dating to the Classic period (AD 250–900), that are situated in the Bladen Branch drainage of the southern Maya Mountains proper. This remote location has long been taken to imply that the region was a political backwater, but the recent discovery of an ancient Maya causeway system associated with Quebrada de Oro—the first significant example to be documented in this area—sheds new light on this group of Maya sites (Figure 1).


  • Marc A. Abramiuk
    California State University Channel Islands, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012, USA (Email: