Ambergris Caye Archaeological Project II

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Location: San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize

Season: June 8, 2022 to July 7, 2022

Session Dates: June 8-July 7, 2022

Application Deadline: March 15, 2022

Deadline Type: Exact Date


Discount for AIA members: $100.00

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Project Director:
Scott E Simmons, Ph.D.

Project Description:

The Ambergris Caye Archaeological Project II aims to explore the ancient Maya occupational history of Belize’s largest offshore caye (island). The ACAP II project is currently exploring aspects of late precolumbian Maya life on the island through investigations of the San Pedro site, located in downtown San Pedro Town. The San Pedro site has produced evidence of Maya adaptive responses to the changing social and economic milieu of the Maya world following the ninth century ‘collapse’ that occurred throughout the Southern Lowland area. The site has also allowed us to better understand later Maya colonization of the island during the mid to late 19th Century Caste War, when Maya refugees from Yucatan re-colonized the island and established San Pedro Town. The ACAP II project will continue to explore these fascinating periods of Maya history and prehistory during summer 2022.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Postclassic-Spanish Colonial-Historic Periods (ca AD 1400-modern)

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 30 days

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: no experience required

Room and Board Arrangements:
Approximately $720 for lodging and $750-1000 for all meals.

Academic Credit:
6 academic credits through the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The UNCW Office of International Programs requires field school students to enroll in the course ANT 311 Field Methods in Archaeology in order to participate in the summer 2022 field school in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

Contact Information:

Scott E. Simmons

601 S. College Road, UNCW


North Carolina



Phone: (910) 962-3429

Fax: 9109623543

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