Maya Research Program

Summer 2019 : MRP's 28th archaeological field season in Belize


MRP 2019 Poster


The Maya Research Program (MRP) is a non-profit organization (501 C3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, MRP has supported archaeological research in northwestern Belize. The Blue Creek Archaeological Project includes research at the sites of Blue Creek, Grey Fox, Nojol Nah, Tulix Mul, Tz'unun, and Xnoha, (You can read many MRP publications here.)

MRP has been instrumental in documenting and protecting numerous Maya sites in northwestern Belize. Over 3000 students and volunteers have participated in the project in the past 27 years. The current
Blue Creek project team includes faculty members and graduate students from over a dozen universities worldwide and is affiliated with the University of Texas at Tyler.

This summer marks MRP’s Blue Creek Archaeological Project’s 28th archaeological field season in northwestern Belize.  MRP is proud to support a vast range of talented researchers from across the globe under this project’s umbrella. Our research associates include not only archaeologists, but also soil scientists, geoarchaeologists, geographers, conservationists, cultural anthropologists, bioarchaeologists, and botanists.

From May to July of each year, MRP hosts four two-week sessions for students and volunteers at Blue Creek. Everyone is a full participant in the effort and is involved with both field excavations and laboratory work.
For more information on what to expect at MRP's archaeological field school - such as daily activities, housing, what to pack, etc - please review MRP's participant guide at the bottom of this webpage. (
You can also download the guide here.)

Scholarships and fellowships are available. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for MRP's scholarships to offset their costs. The submission deadline is March 15, 2019.

2019 Season Dates:

  • Session 1: Monday  May 27th  - Sunday  June 9th
  • Session 2: Monday  June 10th  - Sunday  June 23rd
  • — WEEK BREAK — (BAAS Conference : San Ignacio, Belize)
  • Session 3: Monday  July 1st  -  Sunday July 14th
  • Session 4: Monday July 15th - Sunday July 28th

Enrollment Process:   The maximum number of participants for each 2-week session ranges from 25 to 30 students and volunteers. To enroll, the applicant should forward an enrollment form and deposit to the Maya Research Program. You can email these forms to Dr. Tom Guderjan at mrpinquiries@gmail.com or via postal mail to 1910 East Southeast Loop 323 #296, Tyler, Texas, 75701.
You should also review MRP's Participant Guide at the bottom of this webpage.
You can also download the Participant Guide here.

Cost:   The donation for a single two-week session for non-students is $ $1850 USD. A special first-session rate of $1600 is available to students currently enrolled in an accredited University or College. If more than one session is desired, the donation is $1300 for each additional session. (For instance, a student would pay $1600 USD for their first 2 week session and $1300 USD for their second 2 week session for a total of $2900 for 4 weeks. Students are encouraged to apply for a MRP scholarship to reduce thier cost to $1900 for 4 weeks. )

A non-refundable deposit of $250 per session is required to hold your spot. (Participants are responsible for their travel costs to Belize).

If a student wishes to receive academic credit, tuition costs (via the University of Texas at Tyler or their home institution) will apply in addition to the required donation to the Maya Research Program.  
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The Maya Research Program offers specialized laboratory and field courses for students and volunteers in addition to the general archaeological field school described above.

The specific study areas for the specialized laboratory and field courses are: 

1.
 Bioarchaeology (the study of human skeletal remains) - limited to 12 persons in Session 3 only.

2.
 Photogrammetry and 3D Digital Modeling - limited to 10 persons in Session 4 only. 

3. Laboratory Procedures, Artifact Analysis, and Conservation - limited to 10 persons in Session 3 only.  

4. Scientific Illustration - limited to 10 persons in Session 2 only.

Cost for Specialized  Laboratory and Field Methods : The donation for for a single two-week session for non-students is $2100 USD. A special first-session rate of $1850 is available to students currently enrolled in an accredited University or College. If more than one specialized session is desired, the donation is $1550 for each additional session.

A non-refundable deposit of $250 per session is required to hold your spot.

If a student wishes to receive academic credit, tuition costs (via UT Tyler or their home institution) will apply in addition to the required donation to the Maya Research Program.

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For more information on what to expect at the MRP field school - such as daily activities, housing, what to pack, etc - please review MRP's participant guide below: (
You can also download the guide here.)

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Additional Information:

You can read numerous MRP publications are
here.
You can also download MRP's Participant Guide
here.

Interested in joining the team? Call 817-831-9011 or email Dr. Tom Guderjan : mrpinquiries@gmail.com