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Location: Blue Creek, BZ
Season: May 31, 2021 to July 11, 2021
Session Dates: 2021 Season Dates Session 1: Monday May 31 - Sunday June 13 Session 2: Monday June 14th - Sunday June 27th Session 3: Monday June 28th - Sunday July 11th
Application Deadline: June 29, 2021
Deadline Type: Rolling
Field School, Volunteer
University of Texas at Tyler
Dr. Thomas H. Guderjan, University of Texas at Tyler
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 28 years. The current Blue Creek project team includes faculty members and graduate students from over a dozen universities worldwide and is affiliated with the University of Texas at Tyler.
The summer of 2021 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. We invite you to join either our general archaeological field school or one of our specialized sessions.
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. 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. For more information on what to expect at MRP’s archaeological field school – such as daily activities, housing, what to pack, etc – please review MRP’s Participant Guide.
Scholarships and fellowships are available.
2021 Season Dates
Application Process: The maximum number of participants for each 2-week session ranges from 15 to 20 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: 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, a student would pay $1500 USD for their first 2 week session and $1200 USD for their second 2 week session for a total of $2700 for 4 weeks.) Students are encouraged to apply for a MRP scholarship to reduce thier cost to $1900 for 4 weeks.
The donation for a single two-week session for non-students is $ $1850 USD.
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.
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:
2. Photogrammetry and 3D Digital Modeling
3. Laboratory Procedures, Artifact Analysis, and Conservation
4. Scientific Illustration
Period(s) of Occupation: Maya / Classic Period
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 residential 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: 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). The donation for for a single two-week session for non-students is $2100 USD.
3 hours of credit per 2 week session credits offered by University of Texas at Tyler. Tuition is variable.
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