Maya Research Program: 2019 is our 28th Archaeological Field Season in Belize (Students receive a 15% discount and costs are tax deductible!)


Location: Blue Creek, Belize

Season: 
May 28, 2019 to July 29, 2019

Session dates: 
2019 Season Dates: Session 1: Monday May 27th - Sunday June 9th Session 2: Monday June 10th - Sunday June 23rd — WEEK BREAK — (BAAS Conference : San Ignacio, Belize) Session 3: Monday July 1st - Sunday July 14th Session 4: Monday July 15th - Sunday July 28th

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon mrp_2019_poster.pdf

Program Type

Field school
Volunteer

RPA certified

This project is an RPA certified field school

Affiliation:

University of Texas at Tyler

Project Director:

Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan, University of Texas at Tyler

Project Description

The Maya Research Program (MRP) is a non-profit organization (501 C3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, MRP has supported archaeological research in northwestern Belize. The Blue Creek Archaeological Project includes research at the sites of Blue Creek, Xnoha, Nojol Nah, Tamarindo, Tulix Mul, and Grey Fox (You can read many MRP publications here.)

MRP has been instrumental in documenting and protecting numerous Maya sites in northwestern Belize. Over 3000 students and volunteers have participated in the project in the past 24 years. The current Blue Creek project team includes faculty members and graduate students from over a dozen universities worldwide. In addition, the Blue Creek field school has been certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and is affiliated with the University of Texas at Tyler.

2019 marks MRP’s Blue Creek Archaeological Project’s 28th archaeological field season in northwestern Belize.  MRP is proud to support a vast range of talented researchers from across the globe under this project’s umbrella. Our research associates include not only archaeologists, but also soil scientists, geoarchaeologists, geographers, conservationists, cultural anthropologists, bioarchaeologists, and botanists.

From May to July of each year, MRP hosts four two-week sessions for students and volunteers at Blue Creek. Everyone is a full participant in the effort and is involved with field excavations and laboratory work. You can read more about what to expect at the MRP's field school in our Participant Guide.

Scholarships and fellowships are available.

2019 Season Dates:

  • Session 1: Monday  May 27th  - Sunday  June 9th
  • Session 2: Monday  June 10th  - Sunday  June 23rd
  • — WEEK BREAK — (BAAS Conference : San Ignacio, Belize)
  • Session 3: Monday  July 1st  -  Sunday July 14th
  • Session 4: Monday July 15th - Sunday July 28th

 

Application Process:   The maximum number of participants for each 2-week session ranges from 20 to 25 students and volunteers. Participants will be accepted to the archaeology field school on a first come, first served basis. To enroll, the applicant should forward an enrollment form and appropriate deposit to the Maya Research Program. You should also read MRP's Participant Guide.

Cost:   The donation for a single two-week session for non-students is $ $1850 USD. A special first-session rate of $1600 is available to students currently enrolled in an accredited University or College. If more than one session is desired, the donation is $1300 for each additional session. (For instance, a student would pay $1600 USD for their first 2 week session and $1300 USD for their second 2 week session for a total of $2900 for 4 weeks. Students are encouraged to apply for a MRP scholarship to reduce thier cost to $1900 for 4 weeks. ) 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.  
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Maya Research Program's expanded course offerings in archaeological field and laboratory techniques: The Maya Research Program offers specialized laboratory and field courses for students and volunteers in addition to the general archaeological field school. The specific study areas for the specialized laboratory and field courses are:

 

1. Bioarchaeology (the study of human skeletal remains) -limited to 10 persons in Session 2 and Session 3 only.

2. Photogrammetry and 3D Digital Modeling - limited to 10 persons in Session 4 only. 

3. Laboratory Procedures, Artifact Analysis, and Conservation - limited to 10 persons in Session 3 only.  

4. Scientific Illustration - limited to 10 persons in Session 2 only. (Pending)

Cost for Specialized  Laboratory and Field Methods : The donation for for a single two-week session for non-students is $2100 USD. A special first-session rate of $1850 is available to students currently enrolled in an accredited University or College. If more than one specialized session is desired, the donation is $1550 for each additional session.

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 (click here for the University of Tyler registrar’s webpage).
Individuals who do not wish to receive academic credit may also take these courses.

 

Website: http://www.mayaresearchprogram.org

Email: mrpinquiries@gmail.com

Phone: 817-831-9011

 

 

Period(s) of Occupation: Maya / Classic Period

Notes: 
Excavate Maya archaeological sites with our professional team and learn analysis techniques such as geoarchaeology, bioarchaeology, osteology, artifact analysis, GIS, 3D modeling and photogrametry. Academic credit and scholarships available. Volunteers are also welcome. Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, Osteology, Field School, RPA

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks (one session)

Minimum age: 
18

Experience required: 
No previous experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

Our base station has a large central 2 story house (including a public lounge, library and kitchen)  a laboratory building, a large shower/restroom building, a dining hall, and a large central palapa. Participants stay in residentail cabanas (maximum of 2 per cabana)

All meals are hearty and provided within the overall cost. All field equipment and supplies are also provided.

Cost: 
Cost: The tax deductible donation for a single two-week session for non-students is $1850 USD. A special first-session rate of $1600 is available to students currently enrolled in an accredited University or College. If more than one session is desired, the donation is $1300 for each additional session. (For instance, students would pay $1600 for their first 2 week session and $1300 for the second 2 week session for a total of $2900 for four weeks).

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Texas at Tyler
Number of credits offered 3 hours of credit per 2 week session
Tuition: 
variable

Location

Contact Information
Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan
1910 E SE Loop 323 #296
Tyler
Texas
USA
75701
Telephone: 
817-831-9011
Recommended Bibliography: 

The Ancient Maya. By Heather McKillop, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Publishers, Santa Barbara (paper and e-book).

Forest of Kings (1990) Linda Schele & David Freidel, Wm. Morrow &Co.

Chronicles of Maya Kings (2001) Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube. Thames & Hudson.

The Nature of an Ancient Maya City: Resources, Interaction and Power at Blue Creek, Belize. (2007) Thomas Guderjan. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.