Maya Research Program

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Summer 2021: Blue Creek Archaeological Project: Field School

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 28 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.

The summer of 2021 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. We invite you to join either our general archaeological field school or one of our specialized sessions.

From May to July of each year, MRP hosts multiple two-week sessions for students and volunteers at Blue Creek. The MRP general field school provides participants with hands-on training in the fundamentals of archaeological field techniques. Participants will gain training and experience in archaeological excavation methods, manual and digital recording techniques, artifact recovery, processing and analysis.

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 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, 2021.

  • 2021 Season Dates

    • Session 1: Monday  May 31  - Sunday  June 13

    • Session 2: Monday  June 14th  - Sunday  June 27th

    • Session 3: Monday  June 28th  -  Sunday July 11th


    Enrollment Process: The maximum number of participants for each 2-week session ranges from 15 to 20 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.

    Cost: A special first-session rate of $1500 is available to students currently enrolled in an accredited University or College. The donation for a single two-week session for non-students is $1750 USD.

    If more than one session is desired, the donation is $1200 for each additional session. (For instance, a student would pay $1500 USD for their first 2 week session and $1200 USD for their second 2 week session for a total of $2700 for 4 weeks.)
    Students are encouraged to apply for a MRP scholarship to reduce their 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

    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 or
    you can download the guide here.

    Blue Creek Archaeological Project: Specialized Programs


    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.
    Scientific Illustration
    2.
     Bioarchaeology
    3.
    Artifact Analysis and Conservation
    4.
    Photogrammetry and 3D Digital Modeling

    Please contact the MRP for more information about these specialized training programs
    (817-831-9011 or mrpinquiries@gmail.com).

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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