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Archaeology Field School in Belize

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ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL
IN BELIZE 2011
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
WHAT: This will be the 26th annual Texas State Archaeology Field School in Belize. This is a six credit course (Anth 4630). Students will have an opportunity to participate in an archaeological research project dealing with the first English pirates, buccaneers, and baymen that settled in Belize.   Participants will learn about research strategies, archaeological techniques, laboratory analysis, and the interpretation of excavated remains.
 
WHEN: Second Summer Session - tentative travel dates (July 6 - August 2, 2011)
 
WHERE: The 2011 field school will be 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. 
 
LIVING CONDITIONS: We will be staying in houses. Living conditions will be simple but adequate. All field school participants will share a wide variety of duties including, lab and house cleanup, cooking, water detail, etc.
 
COST: $2,965. This includes tuition and fees (in state), 3 meals per day, and lodging. It does not include transportation to and from Belize or optional travel on days off. Information about round-trip group fares from Houston will be provided to participants. There are many fun, interesting, and educational things to do in Belize. We will be organizing optional trips on days off and participants will share the cost. Participants will need spending money to cover optional travel and personal items. In the past, most people have taken approximately $800.
 
SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are available for Texas State students. The deadline for applying is Nov 30. It is a simple process and all applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. The application is done on-line:
http://www.studyabroad.txstate.edu/students/financial-assistance.html
 
This is not a vacation. The living conditions will be basic, there will be a lot of rain, the work will be hard, and there may be numerous annoying insects, however, it will be a very exciting project dealing with significant and spectacular archaeological remains. If you are interested in participating, please fill out an application form and return the attached to:
 
Dr. Jim Garber   jg07@txstate.edu
Department of Anthropology
Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas 78666
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