Be part of an archaeological project in Belize, Central America!
Session 1: TBA
Session 2: TBA
Since 1996 the archaeologists of Western Belize Regional Cave Project have been studying the use of caves by the prehistoric Maya. The Western Belize Regional Cave Project is designed to introduce experienced participants to the fundamental approaches to the practice of speleoarchaeology and to provide training in a variety of archaeological techniques. Lectures will provide an overview of Maya civilization with a particular focus on ideology and cosmology relating to the use of caves by prehistoric Maya. Participants will work together as a team in the field, executing excavations and performing survey procedures. In the laboratory students will employ various techniques of analysis and illustration.
The sites chosen for the upcoming research season remain to be determined. The archaeological material under investigation includes burials, and Modified Speleothem Sculpture. The project will include an introduction to cave archaeology and archaeological fieldwork, reconnaissance missions to locate and explore new caves, the identification and documentation of regional cave art, and the interpretation of the role of caves in the culture of the ancient Maya groups of Belize.
Cameron Griffith will be overseeing the archaeological investigations in the caves, which will include extensive exploration of cave sites, survey, mapping of rooms and artifacts, typing of pottery, artifact tabulation, data recording, and excavation. This four-week research program provides an opportunity for participants to experience ancient Maya archaeology in a hands-on, educational, and exciting jungle setting in Belize.
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