Belize Field School

Archaeology in Belize!

This is your invitation to join an archaeological expedition to the jungles of Belize! In 2017, Texas Tech University’s Field School in Maya Archaeology (FSMA) will be held at Chan Chich, Belize in association with the Chan Chich Archaeological Project (CCAP). The FSMA represents a truly special opportunity for college students to participate in a significant archaeological research project, while receiving instruction in archaeological field and laboratory methods. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to excavate, how to draw profiles and plan maps, how to record archaeological data, and how to process and analyze artifacts in the lab. This year, we are offering a 28-night long regular session and a 14-night long mini-session. Each session is limited to nine students, and spaces typically fill quickly. Academic credit (6 hours of upper division anthropology) is available through Texas Tech University.

Chan Chich is a medium-sized Maya city in northwestern Belize, very near the border with Guatemala. The area was first settled as a small village during the Middle Preclassic period (1000 to 250 BC) and occupied until the Terminal Classic period, ca. AD 850. Most of the visible architecture dates to the Late Classic period (AD 600-800). Chan Chich Lodge, an exclusive jungle resort, is built in the Main Plaza of the Maya ruins and serves as the field camp for the FSMA. The accommodations are top-notched, and the archaeology is exceptional.

The program is open to all college students regardless of major. The regular field school runs from May 29 to June 26, 2016 (28 nights) and the mini-session runs from June 28 to July 11, 2016 (14 nights). Applications are reviewed in batches at the end of each month.

For more information and to download an application form, visit:

Contact Dr. Brett Houk at if you have any questions.


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