Location: Blue Creek , Belize
Season Dates: May 27, 2013 - July 28, 2013
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, 2013
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 2013 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 22nd archaeological field season in northwestern Belize.
2013 Field Season 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 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 2013 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.
Beginning in 2013, the Maya Research Program will offer 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) - C. Colleen Hanratty, limited to 5 persons per session.
2. Laboratory and Field Methods: Bioarchaeology (the study of human skeletal remains) - William T. Brown-limited to 5 persons per session.
3. Laboratory and Field Methods: Photogrammetry and 3D Digital Modeling - Bob Warden, 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.
The appropriate UTT course numbers are:
ANTH 4361 Field Methods in Archaeology: 3 semester hours per two-week session. This may be retaken once for a total of 6 hours and is the equivalent of two-field sessions at Blue Creek (four weeks total).
ANTH 4399 Independent Study – Laboratory Methods, 3 semester hours. This may be retaken as long as the topic is different each session and is the equivalent of participation in one of the above three specialized tracks at Blue Creek.
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