Archaeology field school-Belize

Sun, 12 Feb 1995 15:41:41 -0500

The Department of Archaeology of Belize announces
its 1995 archaeological field school season!

The Belize Department of Archaeology offers an opportunity for students and
archaeology/anthropology enthusiasts to gain field and laboratory experience
on an ancient Maya site in Central America. The four-week programs provide
an intensive introduction to the practice of archaeology, providing training
in a variety of techniques, including data recording, research design, site
survey, excavation, and laboratory skills. Lectures will highlight the
archaeology of the Maya and modern archaeological research within Belize.
Participants will work together in compiling reports at the end of the

The site chosen for the 1995 field school season is the Cave's Branch Rock
Shelter, which has evidence of late Formative and Classic Maya occupation.
The investigations will concentrate upon survey and reconnaissance of
neighboring sites and widespread mapping of the area, as well as excavation
in areas subject to looting. In addition to the fieldwork, volunteers will
take educational excursions to other Maya sites in the area and travel
through the beautiful countryside that Belize has to offer. Participants
will also have ample free time to learn about and enjoy modern Belize and its

Two four-week sessions are available:

Session 1: 28 May to 30 June*
Session 2: 3 July to 31 July

*Session one will be a bit longer as it includes the 1st International
Symposium of Maya Archaeology.

Volunteers must be in good physical condition, and at least 18 years of
age. Experience is preferred, but not required. Registration fees for
participation in one session are $1000 U.S., and include lodging, all meals,
and transportation to and from the site. Travel to and from Belize and
incidental expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

The project is a cooperative effort of the Belize Department of Archaeology,
archaeologists from Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom and will
include a wide variety of visiting specialists and guest lecturers. All
Interested parties should respond via e-mail to Cameron Griffith, Deputy
Director at for applications and more information.
Students: Information regarding academic internship credit will be forwarded
upon inquiry.