On our recent Viking ocean cruise from Miami one of our first stops was Belize (formerly British Honduras) where we visited the spectacular Mayan ruins of Altun Ha.
Altun Ha was occupied for many centuries, from about 900 B.C. to A.D. 1000. Most of the information on Altun Ha comes from the Classic Period from about A.D. 400 to A.D. 900, when the city was at its largest.
The earliest structures found at Altun Ha are two round platforms that date to about BC 900−800, The structures contain remnants of postholes and several burials with traces of burning, or fire. One structure was an early religious building, with others containing inhabitants being of relatively high status.