Canterbury and the surrounding area offers a variety of history and heritage for you to discover. Canterbury is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has two castles, six museums and an attraction that lets you step back in time to the Middle Ages.
The 2013 Eagle Nest Canyon Field School carried out archaeological investigations on the Canyon edge, on its sheltered walls, and in its sheltered floors. Visiting researchers helped us understand critical gaps in the investigative puzzle: how did this mile-long box canyon off the Rio Grande form through geologic and human time? And what does the abundant and well-preserved evidence housed within the shelters and in the uplands overlooking the Canyons tell us about those who frequented it over more than 13,000 years?
Students learned about the ancient Maya and went on visits to sites in Belize (Altun Ha, Caracol, Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, and Actun Tunichil Muknal) and Guatemala (Tikal). We took excursions into the rainforest to learn about rainforest ecology and to observe howler monkey troops. Students visited local communities to learn about the conservation methods enacted by local peoples and the government of Belize.
This was the 26th annual Texas State Archaeology Field School in Belize. Students had the opportunity to participate in an archaeological research project dealing with the first English pirates, buccaneers, and baymen that settled in Belize. Participants learned about research strategies, archaeological techniques, laboratory analysis, and the interpretation of excavated remains. The 2011 field school was held on St. George’s Caye, one of the islands off the coast of Belize. St. George’s Caye was visited by pirates and became the first settlement and capital for the buccaneers and English woodcutters extracting logwood dye and mahogany.