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Rio de Los Pescados Archaeological Research Project

Location: Agua Caliente, Veracruz, Mexico

January 5, 2013 to February 3, 2013

Session dates: 
January 5th, 2013 – February 3rd, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 31, 2012

Deadline Type: 
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Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University of Veracruz, Mexico

Project Director:

Rodolfo Parra Ramirez

Project Description

The Archaeological Project Rio de Los Pescados will be hosting an archaeological fieldwork program in a peaceful country area near Los Pescados River outside of Xalapa, capital of Veracruz State – Mexico, from January 5th through February 3rd, 2013. Excavations will be conducted for first time at the Agua Caliente Site by Archaeologist Rodolfo Parra Ramirez.

Agua Caliente is a large archaeological site with monumental buildings. It has three different Mesoamerican occupation periods: Late Preclassic (100 B.C. - 250 A.D), Classic (250 - 900 A.D), and Postclassic (900 - 1521 A.D).

Excavations will primarily concentrate at the main Plaza and the Ballcourt for getting to know the development and settlement patterns of the Mesoamerican cultures established at the riverside, moreover to set up a chronology and a stratigraphic prototype throughout the cultural data collected during the field season.

Additional opportunities will include theoretical classes, surveying, site recording and assessment, in addition a field trip to an important archaeological site associated to the Central Gulf Coast of Mexico.

We will work Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. Select evenings will include brief lectures focusing on the archaeology and history of the region as well as different archaeological tasks. On Saturdays, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm the program will include academic classes related to the Mesoamerican history and the way Archaeology is done in Mexico with all the legal background. Sundays will be days off to relax and visit the touristic places around.

Participants will be trained in a wide variety of important techniques, including identifying and exposing cultural features, mapping and artifacts recording, profiles, collecting specialized samples, photography, site recording and screening.

Archaeological field experience is desirable, but no required. The total number of fieldwork participants will be limited to 20, so apply early. The total cost of the program will include tuition, school credits, meals, camp arrangements, field trip, pick-up and drop-off from and to the airport. Spanish or English are required.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Preclassic (100 B.C.–250 A.D), Classic (250 A.D.–900 A.D), Postclassic (900 A.D.–1521 A.D)

Only participants in an Archaeology or Anthropology program related

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

A private field school camp will be established in the Agua Caliente village. Participants will stay in a house or tents. Water and electricity will be available in camp. Communal meals will be prepared by a private caterer. No internet and phone service available, nevertheless there will be in a nearby town five minutes away. Even though it is a friendly place, security will be provided at all times.

$1,900, for the whole season (tuition, school credits, meals, camp arrangements, field trip, pick-up and drop-off from and to the airport)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Veracruz - Mexico
Number of credits offered 10
Included in the whole season cost


Contact Information
Raquel Ortega Sanchez
Francisco Moreno y Ezequiel Alatriste, Col. Ferrer Guardia
+52 1 (228) 116-5372
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