Location: Blue Creek , Belize
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 2015 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 has been 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 24th archaeological field season in northwestern Belize. You can learn more about MRP's field school in our Participant Guide.
2015 Season Dates:
Session 1: Monday June 1 to Sunday June 15
Session 2: Monday June 16 to Sunday June 28
Session 3: Monday July 6 to Sunday July 19
Session 4: Monday July 20 to Sunday August 2
Application Process: The maximum number of participants for each 2-week archaeological field school session ranges from 25 to 30 students and volunteers. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. To enroll, the applicant should forward an enrollment form (http://www.mayaresearchprogram.org ) 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. (For instance, students would pay $1500 for thier first 2 week session and $1200 for the second 2 week session for a total of $2750 for four 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.
The Maya Research Program also 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. Laboratory and Field Methods: Artifact Analysis (ceramics, lithics, groundstone, and obsidian) - 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.
For additional information please contact the Maya Research Program:
Period(s) of Occupation: Classic Period, Maya
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Our base station has a large central house (including a public lounge, library, charging station room, 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.
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.