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- means "Water Cabbage " in Mayan. Colhá is a relatively minor site in northern Belize that is distinguished for the stone artifacts made there, especially during the late Classic. It was built on an islet-like piece of land in an otherwise swampy area because of the availability there of rich beds of flint, the raw material used for the manufacture of a variety of instruments. Its ceremonial center, hardly more than a pyramid overlooking a ball court, is modest in comparison with its groups of living quarters. Built around courtyards, these homes are located south of that and other once densely occupied zones. Overall, the town had an extension 4.5 square miles. From the amounts of artifacts and scraps found, it would seem that Colhá exported large quantities of flint artifacts to other sites in the Mayan region.