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Actun Nak Beh "Maya Caves of West-Central Belize"
Summer 2000


Left, climbing into Actun Nak Beh

Actun Nak Beh, meaning Cave at the End of the Road, is a small dry cave located in the Upper Roaring Creek Valley, Cayo District, Belize (see map). It is connected to a medium-sized ceremonial center, Cahal Uitz Na, by a 780-foot causeway or sacbe. The main cave entrance is at the base of a 80-foot cliff face and opens into a winding series of passages that joins to a second, smaller entrance. Research at Actun Nak Beh by the Western Belize Regional Cave Project began this summer and focuses on its relationship to neighboring ceremonial, settlement, and cave sites.

Field Updates:

June 20, 2000

July 16, 2000

August 3, 2000

Excavations at Actun Nak Beh in 2000 were supervised by Sherry Gibbs, who received her M.A. from Trent University in Peterborough, Canada; Christina Halperin, who was pursuing her M.A. at Florida State University; and Dan Hodgman, an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania.

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