This summer the Anthropology Department will offer a field school on Maya archaeology in Belize, Central America. The project area and field camp are located in a tropical rainforest within the Program for Belize Conservation Area - a protected reserve for flora, fauna, and archaeological remains.
In addition to more than 50 ancient Maya sites (ranging from hamlets to villages to large cities) the natural habitat contains a great variety of plant and animal life. According to the Belize Virtual Guide, “Troops of howler monkeys are often heard in the surrounding forests, and a rich bird fauna has been recorded.”
Excavations conducted under the auspices of this regional project and through a research permit granted by the Institute of Archaeology and the Government of Belize have revealed a continuous prehistoric occupation from ca. 900 B.C. to 900 A.D.
Each season, the project concentrates on several different research interests. The summer season will include a number of different investigations in the area surrounding La Milpa, the third largest site in Belize. We will be conducting support population studies (survey, mapping, and excavation) at several localities, small site excavation, and the excavation of agricultural features. Students will rotate between excavation, laboratory processing, and analysis.
Courses and Credit
Successful participants will be awarded six undergraduate credits for the course (Graduate credit is also available):
ANTH 485/685, Field Research in Archaeology
A supervised sequence of field research in archaeology. This research involves continuous study in a field situation directed by a professional anthropologist. The course may include attendance at field schools directed by qualified faculty outside the University, with permission of the department.
Schedule & Fee
June 21 - July 15, 2020
$3,284 (expected Undergraduate fee)
$3,495 (expected Graduate fee)
This fee covers all instruction, housing, and meals. The fee does not include insurance and transportation between the U.S. and Belize.
Please note: this fee will be split into 2 payments. $1,835 will go towards logistical expenses & the remaining balance will be paid directly to UMass Boston for tuition.
* Please note that tuition waivers cannot be applied toward any study abroad program fees. All program payments must be paid in full prior to departure in order to participate in the program.
Application Deadline: April 12, 2020
Completed applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available.
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Please be advised that international programs are subject to change, slight or major, at any time due to circumstances beyond our control; this includes any and all fees, dates, itinerary, and program activities. We will do our best to inform all applicants of any changes in as timely a manner as possible.