BEMEP- Online Field Journal, Summer 2004
01 May, 2004
Arrived at the village of San Benito Poite in southern Belize on Wednesday morning, April 28th. After talking with some of the people from the village, I went on to the site to meet Sonja Schwake and Geoff Braswell. After crossing the Pusilha River at the ancient Maya bridge, which had just been cleared, I continued on to the Gateway Hill Acropolis where they were working. I spent a couple of days with them at the site discussing their excavations and options for BEMEP survey locations.
Ancient Maya bridge with fallen tree for river crossing.
Friday was a day for clearing jungle for our geophysical survey. The focus area was to the west of the Gateway Hill Acropolis which I will refer to as Operation 1, or OP1. I also helped clear a transect from OP1 to a group further to the west another 100 meters, and helped to clear the group itself. We may widen this transect and include it in our geophysical survey. It is essentially a straight line from OP1 to the group located right on the river.
Part of Operation 1 area (in foreground) with mound group in background. The plaza of this group is very flat and clean and will be included on our geophysical survey. It measures about 22 by 27 meters. View is to west. Mound in foreground is aligned on a north- south axis.
Operation 1 with part of the area burned and part cleared for future burning. Photo is from northwest looking southeast.