The Rio Frio Regional Archaeological Project
The Rio Frio Regional Archaeological Project (RiFRAP)
Investigating the ritual caves and ceremonial landmarks in the archaeologically unknown Rio Frio region, and the rock quarries in the adjacent Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo District, Belize.
We use a mix of cutting edge digital technologies (photogrammetry and virtual tours), and traditional archaeological methods for understanding the region and preserving its cultural heritage for the future of Belize and the world.
Archaeological investigations and virtual tours focused on Rio Frio Caves A and C (Twin Cave and the Rio Frio Cave) and Domingo Ruiz Cave, and the ritual spaces within them.
Inventorying and documenting quarry sites, quarrying techniques, in situ processing, and possible ritual shrines affiliated with them.
Preliminary investigations for understanding the symbolic importance of the many pools and waterfalls of the Mountain Pine Ridge creeks and rivers, focusing on Rio Frio, Rio On, and Pinol Creek.