In the mayan language the name lamanai means a “submerged crocodile”. The mayans permantly lived for about 3000 year in lamanai and so it is one of the longest continuously populated maya cities. In 700 AD (the classical period) the population grew to more than 20,000 inhabitants. In contrast to most of the other mayan sites, lamanai was still used when the spaniards came to belize in the 16th century. © wikipedia (german)

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