Nim Li Punit, located near the village of Indian Creek in the Toledo District, is well known for the number of stelae discovered. Nim Li Punit gets its name from a carving on the longest of the site’s 26 stelae. The longest stelae is carved with a figure wearing a large headdress and, at a length of 30 feet, it is the longest discovered in Belize and one of the tallest in the Maya world.
Nim Li Punit is situated in the foothills of the southern Maya Mountains. To the east of the ridge lie the flat coastal plains that extend to the Caribbean Sea. The site center consists of three major groups with monumental architecture. The southern group contains the stela Plaza, the ballcourt, a 12 meter-high structure and several palaces. Excavation sin the place complex uncovered a large tomb that contained the remains of five individuals with 40 ceramic vessels and various other artifacts. In the Stela plaza there were more than 16 monuments. Seven of these were inscribed with calendar round dates that fall within the late Classic Period. Most of the carved stela depict elite rulers who appear to be scattering copal onto flaming braziers. The East Group is comprised of several modified terraces on which a large number of structures are erected while the West Group has about 14 mounds that were constructed atop two large terraces.
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The 17-meter long Stela 14 represents the longest stela yet discovered in Belize (and possibly he second longesy in the Maya area).