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  • Locations: San Pedro, Belize
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/25/2020 06/23/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Study Abroad
Provider: Faculty-Led Field of Study: Anthropology
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Faculty Program Leader: Scott Simmons Advisor: Kara Pike Inman
Program Description:
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Belize Archaeology Field School

Program Description

Program Overview
In this program students will learn what makes archaeology exciting and fun by conducting hands-on excavations and working directly with cultural materials they recover archaeologically at the San Pedro site in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. This field course will provide students with practical training in archaeological field excavation techniques, methods of recording data in the field and in the field lab, proper methods for processing and analyses of artifacts, and interpreting ancient Maya lifeways based on the data they collect during this study abroad field course.

Lectures on Maya Archaeology, Field and Laboratory Methods, Excavation, Recording, Lab Processing and Analytical Methods. Location for all in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Students have a four day 'break' from June 6-9, 2020 where they have the option of travelling to the mainland of Belize and beyond or remaining on Ambergris Caye.


  • Degree or non-degree seeking student
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
  • Good judicial standing
  • 2.5+ GPA at time of application
  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate level student

Academic Details

ANT 311: Field Methods in Archaeology (6 credit hours)

ANT 311 is a six credit course in UNCW's Department of Anthropology. Students learn field and lab methods in archaeology. The class consists of occasional lectures and open discussions, but is principally be centered on practical, hands-on field and field laboratory archaeological research work.

Program Dates

Program Deadline
April 1, 2020

Tentative Program Dates
May 25 - June 23, 2020

Financial Details

Estimated Program Fee: TBA

Program Fee Includes:

  • Four weeks of lodging at the Sandbar Hostel, San Pedro
  • In-country transportation 
  • Tools, equipment, supplies
  • Belize Institute of Archaeology excavation permit
  • Medical Insurance

Additional Costs:
(not included in program fee)

  • International airfare
  • All meals
  • UNCW tuition
  • Passport, if needed

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding. 

UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at

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