Paynes Creek, Belize
The only known Classic Maya wooden structures are located in Paynes Creek National Park in Belize. The project, led by Louisiana State University Professor, Heather McKillop, will help protect the underwater wooden structures and make information available to area residents and tourists. With the three-year grant from the AIA, McKillop will construct an observational platform and host a series of workshops and talks in the region to raise awareness of the site.
Heather McKillop, director of the Underwater Maya project at Paynes Creek, discusses the successful opening of two permanent exhibits in a nearby town and ranger station to educate the public about the importance of this rare underwater Maya site.
Heather McKillop discusses the importance of the underwater sites at Paynes Creek during the opening of the Underwater Maya Exhibit in Punta Gorda March 15, 2012.
Heather McKillop provides an update about excavation and the AIA Site Preservation Grant from the water at Paynes Creek National Park in Belize.
The AIA announced today that the only known Classic Maya wooden structures, located in Paynes Creek National Park in Belize, will benefit from a $25,000 Site Preservation Grant.