Corky, my husband, smiled without his toothpick, just to please me. He is turning those logs into boards, just for the fun of it. That orange tractor, in the background, is what he uses to maintain the access road. --- Bear

Corky, my husband, smiled without his toothpick, just to please me. —–  He is turning those logs, from his friend’s yard, into boards, just for the fun of it. He uses that grapple to maneuver the logs, by himself, into position, then he uses a chain saw and a big guide to slice the boards.    ———-     That orange tractor, in the background, is what he uses to maintain the access road — The road, of which I posted a photo, did not exist, at all, before we moved here fourteen years ago.   These are only two of the activities he does ……for the fun of it.

   Corky and I have slightly different ideas about what fun is.


It’s Gone Now — Mayan temple in Belize used for road fill is not the first one destroyed


Mayan Pyramid Destroyed to Get Rocks for Road Project

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Another Mayan Ruin in Belize. Not the one that was  destroyed. Image: Rita  Alexandrea


In Belize, they needed to build a road. Roads require rocks, there happened  to be a really convenient, large pile of rocks for the construction team to use  nearby. It also happened to be one of the largest Mayan pyramids in the country.  Now that pyramid is gone, destroyed by bulldozers and backhoes.

The construction company building the road appears to have extracted crushed  rocks from the pyramid to use as road fill. The pyramid, called the Nohmul  complex, is at least 2,300 years old and sits on the border of Belize and  Mexico. It’s over 100 feet tall, the largest pyramid in Belize left over from  the Mayans.

Jaime Awe, the head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology said that the news  was “like being punched in the stomach.” The pyramid was, he said, very clearly  an ancient structure, so there’s no chance the team didn’t realize what they  were doing. “These guys knew that this was an ancient structure. It’s just  bloody laziness,” Awe  told CBS News. He also said:

“Just to realize that the ancient Maya acquired all this building material to  erect these buildings, using nothing more than stone tools and quarried the  stone, and carried this material on their heads, using tump lines. To think that  today we have modern equipment, that you can go and excavate in a quarry  anywhere, but that this company would completely disregard that and completely  destroyed this building. Why can’t these people just go and quarry somewhere  that has no cultural significance? It’s mind-boggling.”

And it turns out that this is an ongoing problem in Belize. The country is  littered with ruins (although none as large as Nohmul), and construction  companies are constantly bulldozing them for road fill. An archaeologist at  Boston University said that several other sites have already been destroyed by  construction to use the rocks for building infrastructure. There isn’t much in  the way of protection or management of these sites in Belize, so many people who  live in the country either aren’t aware of their significance, or aren’t taught  to care.

The  Huffington Post has photographs from the scene, showing backhoes and  bulldozers chipping away at the stone structure. HuffPo ends this story on a  lighter note, pointing out that due to the destruction, archaeologists can now  see the inner workings of the pyramid and the ways they were built.

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