Belize River East Archaeology is a project that was intiated in 2011 by Dr. Eleanor Harrison-Buck to investigate archaeological sites in the eastern half of the Belize Watershed.
The Belize River served as a major transportation route, linking settlements in the inland Petén region of Guatemala with the Caribbean Coast, beginning in ancient Maya times and continuing through the colonial period. Extensive archaeological investigations have been conducted in the upper reaches of the Belize River valley around the archaeological sites of Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Baking Pot, and Barton Ramie. Surprisingly, the eastern part of the Belize Valley, closest to the coast, remains largely unexplored despite the key role this section of the river valley played in the movement of goods and people. Read more..