Location: Blue Creek , Belize
Season Dates: May 26, 2014 - July 27, 2014
Session Dates: Session 1: Monday May 27 - Sunday June 9; Session 2: Monday June 10 - Sunday June 23 ; Session 3: Monday July 1- Sunday July 14; Session 4: Monday July 15 - Sunday July 28
Application Deadline: July 15, 2014
Affiliation: University of Texas at Tyler
Project Director: Dr. Tom Guderjan, University of Texas at Tyler
The Maya Research Program is a U.S.-based non-profit organization (501c3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, we have sponsored archaeological fieldwork at the ancient Maya sites of Blue Creek, Nojol Nah, Xnoha, and Grey Fox in northwestern Belize.
In 2014 we again offer opportunities to participate in our field program and learn about the Maya of the past and today. The Blue Creek project is open to student and non-student participants, regardless of experience. The field school is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and participants will receive training in archaeological field and laboratory techniques. Academic credit and scholarships are available.
We invite students and volunteers to participate in the Maya Research Program’s 23rd archaeological field season in northwestern Belize.
2014 Season Dates:
Session 1: Monday May 26 to Sunday June 8
Session 2: Monday June 9 to Sunday June 22
Session 3: Monday June 30 to Sunday July 13
Session 4: Monday July 14 to Sunday July 27
Application Process: The maximum number of participants for each 2-week archaeological field school session ranges from 30 to 35 students and volunteers. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. To enroll, the applicant should forward a 2014 enrollment form (http://www.mayaresearchprogram.org/web-content/helpdig_form.html ) and appropriate deposit to the Maya Research Program.
Cost: The donation for a single two-week session for non-students is $ $1750 USD. A special first-session rate of $1500 is available to students currently enrolled in an accredited University or College. If more than one session is desired, the donation is $1200 for each additional session. A non-refundable deposit of $250 per session is required to hold your spot. (Participants are responsible for their travel costs to Belize). If a student wishes to receive academic credit, tuition costs (via the University of Texas at Tyler or their home institution) will apply in addition to the required donation to the Maya Research Program.
The Maya Research Program also offers specialized laboratory and field courses (ANTH 4399) for students and volunteers in addition to the general archaeological field school (ANTH 4361). The specific study areas for the specialized laboratory and field courses (ANTH 4399) are:
1. Laboratory and Field Methods: Ceramic Analysis (understanding ceramic production, seriation, modal analysis, Type-Variety analysis) - limited to 5 persons in Session 3
2. Laboratory and Field Methods: Bioarchaeology (the study of human skeletal remains) -limited to 5 persons in Session 3.
3. Laboratory and Field Methods: Photogrammetry and 3D Digital Modeling - limited to 10 persons in Session 4 only.
Student participants can obtain academic credit through the University of Texas at Tyler or via their home institution through Independent Study and similar courses. Non UTT students can also take these classes through UTT as transient student (University of Tyler registrar webpage: http://www.uttyler.edu/registrar/) . If a students wishes to recieve academic credit, tuition costs from UT Tyler (or their home insitiution) will apply in addition to the required donation to the Maya Research Program.
Student scholarships and fellowships are avaliable.
For additional information please contact the Maya Research Program:
Period(s) of Occupation: Classic Period, Maya
Project Size: 25-49 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks
Minimum Age: 18 unless a signed waiver is approved by the Board of Directors
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements
Maya Research Program will provide all in country transportation, room, and board.
Cost: $1,750 ($1,500 for students) for first two week session and $1,200 for each additional 2 week session
Name of institution offering credit: University of Texas at Tyler or via student's University
Number of credits offered: 3 hours per 2 week session
Tuition: Variable -- please contact the Maya Research Program
Dr. Tom Guderjan
1910 East SE Loop 323 #296
Tyler , Texas 75701
Tom Guderjan, The Nature Of An Ancient Maya City: Resources, Interaction, And Power At Blue Creek, Belize, 2007, University of Alabama Press
Tom Guderjan, Ancient Maya Traders of Ambergris Caye, 2007, University of Alabama Press