As Belize’s population grows, large areas of the countryside are being developed and more and more culturally rich Belizean sites are in jeopardy of being destroyed without proper scientific investigation.
Knowledge of the heritage of Belize is necessary for the tourism industry, which is Belize’s #1 industry. Belize is the ultimate tourist attraction. Its combination of a 185-mile long barrier reef, lush tropical forest, archaeological sites, and diverse cultures makes it a premier destination. The vandalism and looting of Belizean cultural sites is detrimental to its tourist industry.
Sales of Maya antiquities at auction and online are proof of the international demand for Pre-Columbian materials. This market is dependent on the continued looting of archaeological sites, so it is rare to find an archaeological site in Belize that has not been stripped of some cultural material. Below is a list of online resources that focus on looting and the illicit antiquities trade in Belize.
No more antiquities thefts; U.S. and Belize sign MOU
Not a lifetime movie; NICH suing Indiana Jones
ICE HSI repatriates pre-Columbian bowl to Belize
Unregistered Artefacts Found in Orange Walk
Jade Necklaces Stolen from Lubantuun
Two Charged for ancient artifacts
La Milpa, Belize
Looters plague Guatemalan city
Ancient Mayan Cities looted
“Fred Martinez’s Mistake”, In The Belize Times
Seven Fined for Antiquities Possession”, In The Belize Times
Archaeology Department tries to curb looting