Archaeological shout-outs!

Greetings gentle readers! I know it’s been an absurdly long time since my last post and once again, production schedules are to blame. I’ve finished one show and moved right on to the next so the good news is you’ll all have some fun stuff to watch starting in January. Until then, I’ve got 2 rather cool updates from some equally cool sites/organizations. Give ’em a read and who knows, you might even feel inspired to join up on one of their upcoming projects or pay them a visit!

For all you US natives, next time you’re in Illinois make a point to go see what was once the largest city in pre-Columbian North America and give our very own Mississippian cultures some much-needed love!

Many of the great mounds are still there and there’s even a Woodhenge! Be sure to keep an eye out for cultural similarities between the mound builders and the more well-known civilizations of Mexico and Latin America. Speaking of which…

Maya Research Project
If Mayan and/or Aztec archaeology is more your speed, here’s all the info for the upcoming 2012 field season! It’s open to everyone, so even if you’re no longer a student (like me!) but still want to get out in the field and do some work, you can!

The Maya Research Program is a U.S.-based non-profit organization (501C3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, we have sponsored archaeological fieldwork at the ancient Maya site of Blue Creek in northwestern Belize. In 2012 we again offer opportunities to participate in our field program and learn about the Maya of the past and today.

The Blue Creek project is open to student and non-student participants, regardless of experience. The field school is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and participants will receive training in archaeological field and laboratory techniques. 

Academic credit and scholarships are available.

We invite students and volunteers to participate in the Maya Research Program’s 21st year of our Blue Creek archaeological project in Belize.

2012 Field Season Dates:

Session 1: Monday May 28 – Sunday June 10; Session 2: Monday June 11 – Sunday June 24 ; Session 3: Monday July 2 – Sunday July 15; Session 4: Monday July 16 – Sunday July 29

Until next time, gentle readers!

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