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Field School

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Belize – Archaeology Field School Summer 2012

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Program Description

This is an international archaeological field school that will take place at the ancient Maya site of Pacbitun, located in Belize, Central America. Pacbitun is located in west central Belize and was continuously occupied for close to 2,000 years. The focus of the archaeological investigations in the summer of 2012 is to further refine current understanding of cultural development at Pacbitun and in the surrounding valley, from the Preclassic period onwards, through excavation of cave and rock shelter sites, areas of residential and ceremonial activity within settlements and the analysis and interpretation of associated material culture. The course (ANTH 3335) is designed to enable students to develop key transferable skills relating to standard methods and techniques employed by archaeologists both in the field and the laboratory. It will also provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the cultural development of the ancient Maya. Students will participate in excavation, survey, and laboratory analysis during this four week course. The program dates are May 28 to June 26, 2012. Students are able to earn six credit hours for this field school experience.

 You will need to have permission of the instructor to register for this course.

 If you are interested please contact Dr. Powis @ 678.797.2174 or


Program Dates (subject to change)

May 28th – June 26, 2012

1st orientation: Friday, April 27, 2012 – Introduction to the course, safety precautions, immunizations

2nd orientation: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – background information on Belize and Guatemala, other logistics

Belize – Archeology_Itinerary.doc


Program Cost (subject to change)


Includes ground transportation, lodging, most meals, program related excursions, and insurance. Price does not include airfare.

***Tuition is paid separately. Cost is subject to change. ***


Belize – Archaeology_Education abroad cost form.doc


A $300 nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of application.
The first program installment of $1066 is due by March 1, 2012.
The second program installment of $1066 is due by March 15, 2012.

For information about scholarships available for this program please visit Kennesaw’s scholarship website



Students will be staying at the Cahal Pech Resort in San Ignacio Town, Belize.

Safety & Security

Belize is located in a tropical region and it is recommended, but not required, that all students take malaria pills. An up-to-date tetanus shot is required by the Director. All driving will be done during the day, with safe and courteous drivers. There is also security present in all of the hotels. In case of emergency, a cell phone will be carried by the instructor on a day-to-day basis. If necessary, students can purchase cell phones in-country or they can bring their own and add Belize to their international calling plan. Students should view the following website for more specific information regarding safety tips concerning travel in Belize:



Each student takes ONE course only for six credit hours

ANTH 3335: Archaeology Field Techniques, 6 credits (Prerequisite ANTH 3305)

This course is an archaeological field course designed to teach students the skills and techniques of modern archaeological survey, excavation, and laboratory analysis. The site of the local field school varies from year to year, but the international opportunity is an archaeological site in Belize, Central America.

ANTH 4100: Directed Applied Research, 6 credits (Prerequisite ANTH 3305).

This course offers students an opportunity to investigate anthropologically-oriented concepts and issues by assisting in faculty-led research or scholarship. Course content and instructional methodologies are identified by the faculty’s needs and expectations.


Belize – SA Syllabus 2012.doc


NOTE: All undergraduate students must have and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this program. If taking this course for graduate credit, students must have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible.


Application Deadline

February 1, 2012

The first program installment of $1066 is due by March 1, 2012.
The second program installment of $1066 is due by March 15, 2012.


A $300 application fee is due at the time of application. Please note: you will NOT be considered for this program until you have paid this deposit!


Faculty Contacts

Dr. Terry Powis


Faculty Backgrounds

Dr. Powis has spent the past 23 summers in Belize, in both travel and research. He has traveled widely in Central America, especially in Mexico and Guatemala, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Dr. Powis has taught courses on Maya archaeology at Kennesaw State University (ANTH 4490 – Fall 2004, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2010) and Trent University (Anthropology 100 – Fall 1994 and Spring 1995) in Canada. He has also taught archaeological field school courses through other universities to undergraduate students in Belize since 1991.




All application fees are non-refundable, except in the case of:

*Program cancellation by Kennesaw State University
*A wait-listed student who is not added into the program
*A student who has applied to one education abroad program and clearly notifies the Education Abroad Office–in writing and prior to the application deadline–of his/her desire change the application to an alternate KSU program

Refunds for application fees will be issued in the same form of payment originally used for purchase.  Please be sure to retain all account information used for purchase and notify the Education Abroad Office (EAO) in advance if there is a problem with your account.  The EAO will not be responsible for refunds sent to closed accounts.


Upon registration for the KSU faculty-led education abroad academic course(s), the designated program fee (distinct from tuition) is charged to the student’s account. The student has up to one month to pay the program fee in full, following a specific payment schedule. Failure to pay the program fee in full by the stated deadline may result in deletion from the program.

All program fees are non-refundable, except in the case of students who have legitimate, documented medical, (emergency) family or military reasons for withdrawing from a program after paying the program fee.  In all cases, the student will only receive recoverable fees, subject to the rules/policies of external service providers.  Any such refund will not include the initial application fee and will not be issued until after the education abroad program is completed.


Payment and refund of tuition will follow the normal processes establish by the Offices of the Registrar and Bursar.  Students wishing to withdraw from any study abroad program or course must submit their request in writing through the Education Abroad Office.



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