Bats'ub Cave


Bats'ub Cave (Bats'ub/25 Flight Cave) is located "on the southwest margins of Belize, in a remote corner of the Columbia Forest Reserve near the border with Guatemala. The area lies in the southern foothills of the Maya Mountains, an extinct volcanic range covered by a limestone apron that forms the largest relief feature on the Yucatan Peninsula" (Prufer and Hurst 2007:275). During the surface collection and mapping of the cave site in 1995, a burial was found so surface testing was carried out confirming the presence of human remains as well as of the vessel containing the cacao macro remains (Prufer and Hurst 2007:276). The cave site was excavated later on in 1996 (Prufer and Hurst 2007:276).
Mapping coordinates approximate.

ID Other ID Type Subtype Uncal BP (years) ± 1 σ (years) Median cal BP (years) Lower cal BP (years) Upper cal BP (years) δ13C Contaminated?
MacroSample Seed

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References Cited

Prufer, K. M. and W. J. Hurst
     2007    Chocolate in the Underworld Space of Death: Cacao Seeds from an Early Classic Mortuary Cave. Ethnohistory 54(2):273-301.