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, Tulix Mul, Tzunun, 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 25 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.
This summer 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. The MRP general field school provides participants with hands-on training in the fundamentals of archaeological field techniques. Participants will gain training and experience in archaeological excavation methods, manual and digital recording techniques, artifact recovery, processing and analysis. You can read more about what to expect at the MRP's field school in our Participant Guide.
Scholarships and fellowships are available.
Application Process: The maximum number of participants for each 2-week archaeological field school session ranges from 20 to 25 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 $ $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 thier first 2 week session and $1300 for the second 2 week session for a total of $2900 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:
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)
For additional information please contact the Maya Research Program: