Many of the traditions and beliefs of the communities who live in southern Belize can be tied to the Mayan people. A glimpse into this fascinating culture is only about 20 miles away from Copal Tree Distillery in the 40-acre archaeological site known as Lubaantun or “Palace of the Fallen Stones.”

Dating from about 700AD, the area only seems to have been inhabited for about 160 years, but is distinctive for several characteristics. The structures are made from black slate blocks as opposed to limestone more commonly used. Additionally, there was no use of mortar to bind the stones together, which may be behind its name. Other researchers point to the hand-crafted skill needed to fit one stone next to another without any kind of mortar. The site is also reported to be home to the discovery of the mysterious Crystal Skull, which is still debated today.

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