Las Cuevas Archaeological Reconnaissance
Research at Las Cuevas, a mid-sized site located at the Las Cuevas Research Station in the Chiquibul Reserve in western Belize, began in 2011.The site is of interest because it consists of both surface architecture and a massive cave ceremonial complex. It is also one of the closest centers to the mammoth polity of Caracol, yet, very little is known about it or its relationship to its larger neighbor. During the summer field season, the Las Cuevas Archaeological Reconnaissance (LCAR) began mapping and conducting test excavations. Based on ceramic cross-dating, our preliminary results suggest that both the cave and surface architecture investigated were constructed in the later part of the Late Classic period (700-900 AD).