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The Rio Frio Regional Archaeological Project

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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, and traditional archaeological methods for understanding the region and preserving its cultural heritage for the future of Belize and the world.

Project updates

Due to COVID-19, RiFRAP field work is on pause, though we anticipate returning in summer 2022. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates, project-related announcements, and more.

The RiFRAP, shedding light on the archaeological terra incognita of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

Current Research

Archaeological investigations and virtual walking 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.

Studying the archaeological history of the site though a close reading of the first scientific report of the caves and digitally revisiting the sites using the virtual walking tours of them we’ve created.

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.

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