Exciting Pacbitun News

We are happy to announce some exciting news about our staff.

Jon Spenard has accepted a tenure track position at California State University, San Marcos starting this fall.

George Micheletti has successfully defended this summer, his Master’s thesis, Identifying Archetypal Attributes of Maya Ceremonial Architecture: Clues to the Late Classic Sociopolitical Status of Pacbitun, Belize. Congratulations on a job well done, George!

 

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Jon Spenard’s dissertation posted

We are happy to report that we have the first PRAP dissertation, by Jon Spenard of University of California, Riverside now available to download from the project documents tab.

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Arianne Boileau’s thesis posted

We are happy to report that we have another exciting new Master’s thesis by Arianne Boileau of Trent University now available to download from the project documents tab. Congratulations Arianne!

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Another Master’s defense

We are looking forward to Arianne Boileau’s Master’s thesis defense at Trent University coming up in early September on Middle Preclassic period animal use in the Belize Valley that includes Pacbitun material. Good luck Arianne!

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Two new Pacbitun Master’s Degrees in 2013

Congratulations to PRAP members, Drew Ward from Georgia State University, and Kong Cheong from Trent University, who successfully defended their Master’s Thesis in 2013. Follow the links below to read their exciting new studies!

 

Drew: Investigations of a Groundstone Tool Workshop at Pacbitun, Belize.

Kong: “Archaeological Investigation of the North Group at Pacbitun, Belize: The Function, Status, and Chronology of an Ancient Maya Epicenter Residential Group”

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season wrap up

Well, as seems to be the case every year, the field season moves along faster than we anticipate and next thing we know it is over.  The students went home about a week and a half ago, the lab has been all packed up, we presented two papers at the Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium, and now everyone is home or on their way there.  Even with the challenges of heavy rains and vehicles that were in poor health, we had a very successful season full of unexpected finds including architecture and landscape modifications in strange places, caches, production centers, and more early settlement.  Keep a lookout on our presentations page for where we’ll be presenting this material over the next year.

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Week 2

We are well into our second week and the students have settled in nicely.  They are splitting their time between a plaza with early structures buried beneath it, and a pyramid at the end of an ancient roadway.  We’ve found a possible production center out in the periphery of the settlement, and the cave project is finding lots of unexpected constructions.  Overall, its been a great season, outside of our seemingly never ending quest for a well-working van to transport the staff in.

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Gearing up and getting ready for the 2012 field season

We are t-minus one week from heading down to the field for what is looking to be another great season with lots of cool new tech in tow.  We’ll have a few days of logistical prep to take care of before the students arrive and then its all hands on deck.  Hopefully we’ll have better internet connectivity this year so that we can post more updates as the season progresses.

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Updating the website

Check out our new conference calendar under the “presentations” tab.  Be sure to check back regularly for updates.

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2012 field school info posted

Check out our field school tab for information on the upcoming 2012 field school taking place in June 2012

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