- Is this the pre-destroyed Nohmul Pyramid or Lamanai?
A pre-destruction image of the Nohmul Pyramid is proving elusive. Several sites are publishing the image above as the Nohmul Pyramid prior to its destruction (as I have, Mayan Tragedy in Belize). These include Associated Press and Elnuevodia. My (third) source is a blog site of a person who has actually been there as well as several other similar sites in Belize, and who labelled each site on their blog as they went (momsway.com). Thus,
That on the face of it would fix it for me. Moreover, immediately below, for example, is a screenshot of Elnuevodia which also cites the Associated Press as well as having the word “Nohmul” over the image when scrolling across (top right, below).
However, due to the nature of online media, once one outlet prints a pic., others tend to just ape the attribution, so I have been trying to verify the image as correctly “Nohmul.” Other sites, as well as a CoNZv correspondent think the original image is in fact Lamanai. Gossipy.co is one and they carry this image as Nohmul.
This is the same image as the original ‘Nohmul pyramid’ quoted by me and several other sites. The giveaway is the inverted ‘t’ in a white square to the right of the upper staircase. So the ‘Nohmul’ image is perhaps the Lamanai complex. Although the “Lamanai” pyramid photographed by the visitor on momsway.com is quite different (Is that in fact Nohmul?).
It may be that Nohmul is perhaps just one of several pyramid mounds within a wider “Lamanai” complex site, a word used variously and generically to cover a number of individual ruins (including Nohmul) within a larger complex.
I would welcome any elucidation from readers, especially if you’ve been to Nohmul itself.
Nohmul now, set away from other buildings on flat land (as per the descriptions). See also: 100ft Mayan Pyramid Demolished in Belize (Part ii)