Screen_Shot_2014-06-06_at_8.06.26_PMThe Country of Belize is known for its heritage and numerous cultures and especially for the history left behind by the Maya’s with their unexplainable art. Without a doubt it is everybody’s business to protect our countries heritage. But sometimes there are those who rather rob history blind.


Despite that there are no major reports on the illegal possession of artifacts here in the north; the Department of Archaeology is opting to keeping it that way by bringing awareness to the public through workshops.


Dr. Allan Moore – Archaeological Dept.


“What we are trying to do is to extend our horizon, our tentacles on this anti-luting campaign to sensitize people on our heritage to protect it and more so to interact with stakeholders which is the police, we just had a mini workshop with the police to sensitize them on the legislation surrounding the protection of archeological resources and heritage antiquities and to have them have a firsthand feel on the artifact and try to give them names as to which one is real and to make them interact ,more with the pieces so they can tell which is fake or which is real so it was a good day for the police officers and they enjoyed it and hopefully we will be taking this to other districts.”


According to Dr. Allan Moore of the Archeological Department, it’s important that all departments including the Police, Immigration, Customs and the public work hand in hand to protect our heritage.

 

Dr. Allan Moore – Archaeological Dept


“What I think that the police, immigration and the customs department and personnel like those are first hand on the scene when they having to do with illicit anything, illicit exportation or possession of artifacts is unsustain and I think it gives them a good opportunity to look at things and to be abreast to changes in the laws, how do you apply it, not to be draconian on people who just have a piece which they, educate them that they can have these pieces and they can register them and so we can work in harmony with the public and let everybody be educated about archaeology and cultural heritage.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“What would be some of the charges or some of the penalties?


Dr. Allan Moore – Archaeological Dept


“Well, it goes from anywhere between $10,000.00 fine or and five years in prisonment.”


Members of the Corozal Customs, Immigration and Police Department attended the workshop that was held at the Corozal House of Culture.

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