|Altun Ha - Water of the Rock|
Altun Ha, the archaeological site closest to Belize City, was a major ceremonial center and the discovery site of Belize’s famous Jade Head.
Altun Ha functioned as a central trading link between the Caribbean coast and Maya centers in the interior during the Maya Classic Period. Two main plazas with some thirteen temples and residential structures have been excavated here.
A unique feature of this site is the absence of carved stelae, while its most notable artifact is a large jade carving of the Maya sun god “Kinich Ahau.” Weighing almost ten pounds, this six-inch carving is the largest carved jade object to be found in any Maya community in the region. A national treasure, a replica of the “Jade Head” is on display at the Museum of Belize and its likeness watermarked on all Belizean currency.