Altun Ha, located in the country of Belize, was an important ceremonial center for the ancient Mayan Indians.
It is believed that Altun Ha had been established around the year 25 BC. It covers nearly two square miles and contains more than five hundred structures. The largest pyramid, The Temple of Masonry Altars, rises to a height of 54 feet.
The original name of the site is unknown, but the current name, Altun Ha, means “rockstone pond.” It is named after a nearby village.
Altun Ha is an active archeological site. Over three hundred jade objects have been found there, including an ornately carved head of the Mayan sun god, Kinich Ahua. The head weighs nearly ten pounds and is believed to be the largest Mayan jade carving in existence. Archeologists estimate that there are still between two hundred fifty and three hundred unexcavated mounds, so who knows what treasures have yet to be discovered!