|Intensive training in archaeological
survey, testing and excavation, with geoarchaeology and laboratory
conducted in the outskirts of an Ancient Maya City.
Welcome to The Rio Bravo Archaeological
Survey and Field School
The Rio Bravo
Archaeological Survey (RBAS) is a long-term, cutting-edge
research project focused on deciphering the character and significance
ancient Maya households in an unexplored subtropical forest in Belize,
America. This project, which is providing valuable insights into the
workings of Prehispanic Maya culture, has been attracting motivated
and volunteers for several years. With
its current focus on Prehispanic ceremonialism, ancient water
geo-archaeological research, the RBAS’ excavations and mapping efforts
reaching their most interesting and dynamic phase.
Field School Highlights
- First-hand discovery and investigation
of the forest-covered remains of an ancient tropical community.
- Learning the basics of field archaeology
-- excavation, electronic survey, record-keeping, and geoarchaeology in
a state-of-the-art field experience.
- Earning 6 or 9 academic credits (or
graduate credit) from the University or Texas (or participate as a
volunteer) during four weeks of field investigation.
- Mapping and excavating previously
unseen, 1200-year-old Maya homes, terraces, reservoirs and other
- Carrying out archaeological
reconnaissance in unexplored sections of a subtropical forest.
- Performing soil tests as part of a
- Taking part in field investigations with
students and volunteers from all over the United States.
- Living in a modern archaeological
research camp with students and staff from several universities and
- Visiting restored and forest-covered
temples, palaces, ball courts and other Maya structures at
archaeological sites in Belize.
- Visiting Maya archaeological sites in
Mexico or Guatemala as part of guided, voluntary, post-field school
Field School Summary:
- Dates: for four-week session: June 17 – July
14, 2010 (Plus optional,
4-day post-field school voluntary travel)
- Location: Programme for Belize Conservation and
Management Area, Belize, Central
- Academic Credit: 3, 6, or 9 undergraduate or graduate
Non-credit Volunteers welcome.
- Prerequisites: None --
no class or field experience prerequisites. (But a formal
application process with
recommendations and final approval by the Director is
- Costs: Approximate anticipated cost for four
weeks of food and housing in Belize,
- Accommodations: dormitory space and covered tent
stations in a modern,
comfortable archaeological field camp (large
tents provided for those not in dormitory).
- Who is eligible to apply? Students and
volunteers of varied ages from schools and communities from across the
country take part in the field school. Minimum
age for applicants: 18.
For any questions
regarding this website, please contact the webmaster here: e-mail
Page last modified: 18 January 2010