Fieldwork Opportunity

Sun, 12 Jan 1997 12:15:38 -0500

Announcing the BVAR field school in Belize, Central America, 1997!


The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project has been in
Belize for the past 9 years. The director of the field school will be
Dr. Jaime Awe, and the project 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, site survey, excavation, and laboratory skills.
Lectures will highlight the archaeology of the Maya and modern
research within Belize.

The site chosen for the 1997 field school season is the ancient
ceremonial center of Baking Pot, which has evidence of late Formative
and Classic Maya occupation. The investigations will concentrate upon
survey and reconnaissance of neighboring groups and widespread mapping
of the area, as well as excavation of pyramids and other structures in
the peripheral site groups. In addition to the fieldwork, volunteers
will have the opportunity to 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 people.

Two four-week sessions are available:

Session 1: 2 June to 27 June, 1997
Session 2: 7 July to 1 August, 1997

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 $1300 U.S., and include lodging,
weekday 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 Valley
Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, archaeologists from Canada,
Belize, the United States, and the United Kingdom and will include a
wide variety of visiting specialists and guest lecturers.

For applications and more information, all interested parties should
respond via e-mail to Cameron Griffith, Assistant Director, at: