June 18th - August 5th, 2017
The University of Utah Guatemala Archaeological and Ecological Research Program is located in the remote Mirador Basin in the northern department of Peten. The research encompasses one of the most exciting research projects on the ancient Maya, and is focusing on the origins, incipient dynamics, and collapse of the pre-classic Maya civilization.
Under the direction of Dr. Richard Hansen, you will have the opportunity for original research and exploration in the largest and earliest ancient Maya cities with teams of scholars from a variety of disciplines. Students are offered a chance to be on the cutting edge in the application of sophisticated technology, excavation and research strategies and methodologies, innovative conservation measures, and theoretical considerations relative to the origins and demise of complex societies.
Required documents and information:
- El Mirador Field School FAQ (including non-matriculated students)
- U of U Guatemala Application
- U of U FARES Waiver Form
- 2017 Maya Archaeology Syllabus on Field Methods
- General Equipment Recommendations
- Condensed 2017 Summer Reading List
- U of U Maya Hieroglyphic Syllabus
- U of U Research Information Flyer
Below is an excerpt from the Project's website:
"The Mirador Basin is a geographically-defined elevated basin found in the remote rainforest of the northern department of Petén, Guatemala. The basin is dominated by low lying swamps called bajos. The basin is surrounded by rugged karstic limestone hills on the east, south, and to a lesser degree, the western side, forming a triangular geographical trough covering more than 3500 square kilometers. The region also represents the last large area of intact tropical forest left in Mesoamerica. Archaeological and environmental studies conducted by the Mirador Basin Project, previously known as the Regional Archaeological Investigation of the North Petén, Guatemala (RAINPEG) Project have identified data relevant to the origins and early development of the Maya in this area that is exceptional (see project bibliography)."