Rissa M. Trachman, PhD

Elon University

Maya Archaeology

Elon University

(under permit from the Institute of Archaeology granted to PfBAP)

Kate and Sarah     

The Summer Archaeology in Belize takes place in northwestern Belize, Central America and is an exciting and fun way to get involved with original, archaeological discovery and research. You may earn credit as an internship at Elon University (Elon students) or at your home institution.  Students will have the opportunity to learn archaeological methods including mapping and excavation techniques, artifact analysis, and soils identification, as well as studying ancient Maya culture, Belizean culture, and tropical forest ecology.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit a few of the nearby archaeological sites, including one that has been excavated and restored for tourism, the third largest Maya site in Belize, the site of Lamanai.  The field school hosts students from across every discipline and from all over the world allowing for a diverse learning experience.  Movie nights, lectures, and group meals add to the atmosphere of learning but also create an opportunity for fun and making new friends.


tikal, by rt

ArchAerial Video of the archaeology of Dos Hombres

Summer 2024 Field School

May 19 - June 12/16

(optional trip at the end; 4 days)

Contact Dr. Trachman with questions

Application and Due Dates

  • Early Application Deadline December 1
  • Application Deadline March 1, 2024
  • April 1, 2024 - Balance of fees DUE
  • APRIL 23, 2024; All forms and passport copy due
  • May 1, 2024; Flight Itinerary and Proof of International Travel Health Insurance Due