Guatemala Archaeology Program
The program provides students with an unparalleled experience in Maya archaeology, history, and culture through intensive language study in the beautiful colonial town of Antigua, and through archaeological field work at San Bartolo in northern Guatemala, one of the premier archaeological sites in the Maya world. This program is offered spring semester of even-numbered years.
The First Four Weeks
During the first four weeks of the program, students will study intensive Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala’s colonial capital. During this time students will live in local households. Excursions from Antigua include visits to highland villages and archaeological sites.
The Final 12 Weeks
For the remaining 12 weeks of the semester, students will live, study, and work at the San Bartolo field camp and participate alongside the world’s foremost authorities in the ongoing investigation of this stunning Preclassic discovery.
Students enroll in the following four courses.
CAS SP 400 Intensive Spanish Language and Culture (2 credits)
CAS AR 503 Archaeological Field Methods: Survey and Excavation (4)
An interdisciplinary course dealing with field and laboratory techniques, research methods, concepts and problems in archaeological theory, and formulation of research designs. Syllabus
CAS AR 551 Studies in Mesoamerican Archaeology (4)
Analysis of major events and processes of the Mesoamerican area. Topics include rise of towns, temples, and urbanism; the origin of state; and the development of empires. Syllabus
CAS AR 556 Archaeological Field Research (8)
Supervised original research in excavation, survey, or field laboratory situation, as part of field study program. Syllabus
Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Elective course offerings vary and may not be offered every semester. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.
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Program Faculty & Staff
The Boston University Guatemala program is administered by staff at Boston University. A program manager oversees the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Guatemala. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations.