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|Program Sponsor:||Texas Tech University|
|Field of Study:||Anthropology, Archaeology|
|Program Type:||TTU Faculty-Led|
|Faculty Leader:||Brett Houk|
|Study Abroad Advisor:||Elizabeth McDaniel|
|Scholarships Available:||Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship|
Field School in Maya Archaeology
The FSMA is part of the Chan Chich Archaeological Project, under the direction of Dr. Brett A. Houk of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Texas Tech. The 2013 season has space for 16 very lucky students! An archaeological field school is an intensive introduction to archaeological methods. Students learn how to excavate, how to draw maps and profiles, how to record archaeological data (using the CCAP's iPad-based digital data collection system), and how to look for and record new archaeological sites by surveying transects through the jungle. Students also learn how to process and analyze the artifacts found during excavations. Therefore, although students are learning by doing, they are also contributing directly to ongoing research on the ancient Maya. That's why we call this program a Research Abroad opportunity!
In 2013 students will be excavating at Chan Chich and conducting survey in nearby Gallon Jug. The two activities will expose students to a wide-range of archaeological methods and techniques.
The field school will take place at the ancient Maya site of Chan Chich, Belize, in Central America. Chan Chich is tucked away in the jungles of northwestern Belize and is home to Chan Chich Lodge, a beautiful jungle lodge built in the main plaza of the site. You can read more about the lodge on their website (www.chanchich.com). Belize is an English speaking country with a stable government. It is easily reached from Texas on flights going through Dallas and Houston.
The experience is open to students from Texas Tech and elsewhere. Students must have completed one year of college course work and have at least a 2.5 GPA, regardless of major. Space on the Belize program is limited to 16 students. Applications will be evaluated each month, with spaces going to the most qualified students in each batch of applications. Therefore, applying early greatly improves your chances of getting a spot. Based on last summer, we expect spaces to go fast.
Students will have the option of participating in the 25-night/26-day regular field school session or the 29-night/30-day extended session. See the program website for more details.
Students participating in the regular field school session will enroll in ANTH 4642, a 6 credit-hour course designed to introduce students to the methods used to collect and analyze archaeological data in a hands-on field setting. Students will receive instruction in archaeological excavations, archaeological survey, plan mapping/profiling excavation units, and basic field laboratory procedures. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the ancient Maya through lectures and discussions. Students opting for the extended session will be able to earn an additional 3 hours by taking ANTH 4000. This is optional, but it is a great way to get additional credit for the experience.
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