|What's Left of a 2,300 Year-Old Legacy|
- Courtesy Lincoln Edward Eiley
It's great that the world media have picked up on this dastardly act of cultural homicide. I'll tell you, if somebody doesn't go to Hattieville (the Central Prison) for a spell, something is really wrong. I mean, when a man gets sent there for six months to a year for stealing food to feed his family - where's the justice?
But, having said that, I'd be willing to put money on the table that no one, especially any heavy hitter, will do time. Probably the best that can be hoped for, would be the back-hoe operator and/or maybe a dump-truck driver.
It's not like Noh Mul wasn't known. So what if it is on private property? There's a duty owed, moral or otherwise, to the people of Belize... and for the world, for that matter.
Instead of conducting a dig with a backhoe as your primary tool, here's an example of how it's done right - with people who care, who use small tools - trowels, scrapers and the odd shovel or two. Not to mention sweat and physical labor.
|The Santa Rita Dig From the Side|
Granted, Dianna and I only worked the dig three days, at least we were there. Other folks, like Colleen, it almost became a full-time job or an obsession. But it was worth it. Here's some of the almost daily haul of pottery and other stuff that was found at the site. Stuff that could have been found at Noh Mul, if it had been given half a chance.
|Collection of Pottery Shards|
|Bruce and Dianna Concentrating|
|Explaining the Details|
|Rocks Waiting Repositioning|
|A Nice Detail|
|Carefully Removing Dirt|
|Another Nicely Detailed Piece|
|Another View of the Rockpile|
|Denis and Bruce Hard At Work|
|Santa Rita From The Road|
|A Nice Wall Detail|
There were several workers that had been hired by the archeological team to actually do the real grunt work - we were there for fun. These guys busted their asses to do a great job. They moved several tons of dirt and rocks and in may cases, put the rocks back in place again.
|They Do the Real Muscle Work|
|A Lot of Fine Detail Work|
|Another of the Real Lifters|
|The Snack Wagon; Roach Coach; or Gedunk Wagon|
|The Debris Pile|
|A Pottery Piece Appears|
|Some More Nice Detail Pieces|
|Vivien With a Small Find|
|Is It Pottery or a Rock?|
|Two Related Pieces|
|This Is The Way A Ruins Should Look|
|An Oblique View. Looking Nice|
This is one of the side walls that helps frame in the grounds facing the ruins.
|A Side Wall of the Ruins|
|Santa Rita Ruins - Looking majestic|