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UT Tyler Offers Mayan Archaeological Expedition Opportunity in Belize

October 12, 2011

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The University of Texas at Tyler will offer a Mayan research opportunity in Belize during the 2012 summer semesters, Dr. Jill E. Blondin, Center for Global Education director, announced.

Participants in the 2012 Maya Research Program will receive training in archaeological field and laboratory techniques to study and learn about the Mayan Indian culture.

The project is open to both students and non-students, regardless of experience. Four two-week sessions are available from Monday, May 28 through Sunday, July 29, 2012. Students may earn three credit hours per session. Cost is $1,500 with an additional $1,200 for a second session, if desired.

“Participants are full members in an international, interdisciplinary team which includes faculty and students from seven countries and more than 30 universities,” said Dr. Thomas Guderjan, assistant professor of anthropology, who will lead the UT Tyler group. “They will also conduct laboratory processing – having at least one site visit – and participate in evening lectures and workshops.”

Scholarship funds are available.

The Maya Research Program is a United States-based non-profit organization that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Meso-America. Each summer since 1992 the organization has sponsored archaeological fieldwork at the ancient Maya site of Blue Creek in northwestern Belize.

For more information, email Guderjan, tguderjan@uttyler.edu, or visit www.mayaresearchprogram.org.

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