Fieldwork Opportunity – Maya Archaeology

The first round of application reviews for the 2016 Texas Tech University Field School in Maya Archaeology (FSMA) is December 11, 2015This is your invitation to join an archaeological expedition to the jungles of Belize, while experiencing all the comforts of “resort archaeology!” In 2016, 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. Rather than a typical study abroad trip, the FSMA represents Research Abroad! To top it off, we will be celebrating our half-k’atun jubilee—10 seasons of research at Chan Chich (you will have to attend the field school to learn what a k’atun is). 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. We will be working at Chan Chich and Kaxil Uinic, a nearby colonial-period Maya village. The field school is limited to 12 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. When you combine the setting with the CCAP’s robust research agenda, it is clear why we say of Chan Chich: “It’s better here!”
The program is open to all college students regardless of major. The field school runs from May 24 to June 27, 2016 (34 nights). A second round of application reviews will occur on January 29, 2016. We expect all 12 spaces to fill during this application cycle, so the chances of securing a spot are greater if we receive your application by the first round deadline (December 11, 2015)!
For more information and to download an application form, visit: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/sasw/Anthropology/Belize.php
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