In 1989 archaeologist Thomas Miller discovered a remote jungle cave known as Actun Tunichil Muknal (or ATM), in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve in Belize. Excavations at ATM over the next decade revealed an extraordinary Mayan archaeological site that includes human skeletons and ceramics. Archaeologists say that the Mayans believed that ATM as an entrance to the underworld and came to the cave to perform sacrificial rituals.
The site became known as the Cave of the Crystal Sepulcher because calcite drip water coated the bones and artifacts with crystals and gave them a glittery appearance and cemented them to the cave floor. But the crystal coating, while pretty to look at, has made dating the bones difficult, so archaeologists relied on the pottery and believe it dates between 700 and 900 AD.
An occasional drinking buddy and ex member of Edinburgh punk rockers The Exploited. Gary won a 1999 International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actor in the 1998 film The Acid House, written by Irvine Welsh.He was also a member of “Bill The Butcher’s” gang in Martin Scorsese’s film, Gangs Of New York. Gary isn’t working just now but you might catch him around town mainly in a certain pub on Lothian Road. He told me he was named “Punk Hunk of the month” fo0r this pic in some Magazine in the early 80’s Here he is The Acid House. Check out my recent update for a more recent picture of Gary and more info.