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Why Choose This Field School?

There Are Lots of Field Schools

There are plenty of field schools each summer in Belize, and they all offer unique experiences. It is up to each student to find the program that best fits his or her interests and expectations. When considering different programs, please keep in mind these features of the FSMA at Chan Chich:


The 2015 season will be the ninth consecutive summer for the FSMA and the fourth at Chan Chich. The program director, Dr. Brett A. Houk, has directed 13 summer field schools and has over 21 years of archaeological experience in northwestern Belize. The project staff includes graduate students with up to five seasons each of experience in Belize. The project associate director in Session 2 has four seasons of experience as the associate director of the La Milpa Core Project and one as the associated director of the CCAP.

Group Size

The FSMA is limited to 12 first-time students, one or two second-year students, and a small professional staff. The total group size will be 18 people per session. This means students get individual attention from the staff and project director. Additionally, there will be times when there are no other guests at Chan Chich Lodge. We will have the place to ourselves. When you live and work with the same group of people for 4 weeks, having the ability to find space to be alone with your thoughts and decompress is important. You will find that at Chan Chich.


Students on the FSMA actively contribute to significant and cutting-edge research on the Maya. The CCAP uses a digital database system and employs Structure from Motion mapping techniques, which the students will get to observe and try. In 2015, research will contribute to two master’s theses as well as international presentations and publications.


Chan Chich Lodge is remote, but that is how we like it! Many field schools stay in or near modern towns, but such situations expose students to an entirely different array of dangers (from crime, traffic, unclean water, improperly handled food, etc.). Many projects have to drive on public streets to get to their excavation site each day, but our ruins are literally right outside the door. We can safely walk to work. Our Colonial crew, which does drive, travels on private roads with few other vehicles. The lodge offers a crime-free setting, purified drinking water, and professionally prepared meals.


Chan Chich Lodge offers 24-hour electricity, hot and cold water, purified drinking water, cell phone coverage, and wifi (most of the time). Our students have access to a swimming pool, hot tub, and cozy bar. The food is exceptional, and the lodge can accommodate vegetarians and people with celiac disease.

Chan Chich Lodge

The real selling point for the project is the lodge. The staff includes the friendliest people you will meet anywhere, and the facilities are top-notch. The lodge is so special that it is listed in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.