Northeastern Illinois University's
ANTH-380: Archaeological Field School in Belize
Total cost for the trip is $2,989, (including airfare)
The Department of Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is pleased to announce the 2013 NEIU Summer Archaeological Field School, directed by Dr. Jon Hageman. The Field School will be held in the Programme for Belize (PFB) lands of Belize, Central America. The PFB lands are located in the northwestern corner of Belize, south and west of the village of Blue Creek.
Students will receive training in archaeological field methods, emphasizing excavation procedures as well as collection and analysis of living floor samples. Students will also learn artifact processing and analysis in the field lab while actively participating in research focusing on rural Maya living in the Late/Terminal Classic (AD 600-900) period.
School explicitly links these methods with research strategies to address
broader anthropological questions. Lectures on methods and Maya
prehistory are integrated with fieldwork to more fully connect activities in
the field with the larger research enterprise. Field trips to La Milpa, Dos Hombres, Lamanai,
and Tikal will place the research in the ancient social context.
Field School is part of a multi-year research program investigating rural
Maya populations in the Late/Terminal Classic (AD 600-900) period. Our
primary focus is on the nature of rural autonomy from Classic-era kings and
cities. Investigations address the relationship between rural populations
and urban centers along two research fronts. The first is the continuation of
an intersite survey transect between the sites of
Dos Hombres and La Milpa. These are two of nine
large sites in northwestern Belize, and were occupied through the end of the
Classic period. Rural areas were also occupied from the Late Preclassic (400 BC-AD 250) through the Late and Terminal
Classic. The aim of this work is to record the location and type of
settlement in areas between these two large sites to identify sites for
future work, where excavations can suggest the degree to which the larger
sites exerted direct political control over rural populations.
Excavations in pursuit of this research will be conducted at Guijarral, a small rural site located some 8 km northeast of La Milpa. These excavations will open rooms within buildings thought to have been the location of food preparation and/or storage. Floor deposits will be targeted for recovery, and interior floors will be gridded and scraped to collect materials ground into the floor through foot traffic and other processes. This material will complement previous seasons' work on recovering paleoethnobotanical data from midden contexts.
The project will offer a unique look into the social and political-economic history of a particular settlement and region of the ancient Maya world. In so doing, the research will contribute significantly to our understanding of social and political organization as well as to our understanding of such processes in similar societies.
Director and Staff
School is directed by Dr. Jon B. Hageman, Associate Professor of Anthropology
at NEIU. Dr. Hageman has worked on archaeological projects in Belize
and Guatemala since 1989. He will be assisted by two experienced
graduate students. We anticipate a student-to-staff ratio of about 3:1,
ensuring that students will receive a great deal of individual attention and
R.E.W. Adams Research Station: Our Field Camp
The R.E.W. Adams Research Station is a field camp located in the heart of the tropical rainforest. Facilities include a dormitory, kitchen, latrine, laboratory, and tent platforms. Students can request to stay in tents with one roommate or in the dorm with as many as three roommates, and must provide their own bedding (see equipment list). Meals will be prepared by kitchen staff. As part of camp life, students will be assigned duties on a weekly rotating basis. Photos of camp can be found in the Photo Gallery.
Application and Enrollment
The Field School (Anth 380) is a six credit-hour course which lasts four weeks, from May 19 to June 16, 2013. Enrollment is open to undergraduate students. Prerequisites include:
Applicants should be in good physical condition. Applications are available from the Office of International Programs, Room LWH-0045. The trip cost is $2,989, which includes airfare, transportation in Belize and to Tikal, room and board, and field equipment. Students are responsible for bringing personal items (so check the equipment list).
enrollment is limited to 12 students, early application is advised.
deposit is due with your application. The second installment ($1000) is
due to the Bursar's office by April 15, and the third installment ($989) is
due to the Bursar by May 2.