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Cultural Heritage Field Program: Maya Archaeology and Ecology

The Maya Archaeology and Ecology field program offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Maya culture history and ecology. The program is based at the Villahermosa Research Center located in the Calakmul Biosphere, a protected area of pristine rainforest, the second-largest of its kind in Mexico.

Participants will spend their time with an international team of specialists in disciplines such as archaeology, geography, botany, human ecology, and biological anthropology, contributing to research activities in the rainforest and at the archaeological site of Yaxnohcah. Investigations will focus on the earliest Maya inhabitants of this area, their adaptation to a wetland environment, and the subsequent development of cities in the rainforest. Finally, to enrich their understanding of Maya culture and ecology, participants will visit additional archaeological and cultural sites while traveling to and from the Villahermosa Research Center.

Student Grants for this program were supported by funding from the Government of Alberta.

International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Program typeGroup Study
Application statusClosed
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