Lamanai, a significant Mesoamerican archaeological site in Belize’s Orange Walk District, derives its name from the Maya term meaning “submerged crocodile.” It boasts a rich history spanning over three millennia, from the Early Preclassic Maya period to the Spanish and British Colonial periods, remaining occupied well into the 17th century AD unlike many other Classic-period sites. The site features prominent structures like the Mask Temple, Jaguar Temple, and High Temple, with ongoing archaeological work revealing its historical significance. Lamanai’s lush jungle surroundings and proximity to the New River add to its allure, attracting visitors to explore its ancient mysteries and diverse wildlife population.

Jaguar Effigy

As we know, jaguars are apex predators in the rainforests of Belize.  These magnificent creatures were known to the Maya and are heavily featured in their mythology and art. This effigy depicts an upright seated jaguar.

Crocodile Effigy

The name Lamanai means submerged crocodile.  As such, this effigy depicts a two-faced crocodile with one face holding the face of a man inside its mouth.

Tripod Bowl

The bowl is held up by three pedestals, all of which are made in the likeness of a bird.  Above the pedestals on the base of the body lies a fringe made by alternating patterns.