Archaeological Non-Profits: The Maya Research Program

Don’t forget to tune in tonight at 6pm EST on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel!

You’ve heard from some of our guests about the Mayan calendar and the civilization’s rise and collapse – this episode is devoted to the Maya Research Program, which is a non-profit corporation that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America.  Special guest Dr. Thomas Guderjan tells us about this extended family of worldwide experts, students, and volunteers, and their role in uncovering and conserving sites throughout the region. Find out what the goals of the project are, and what it’s like excavating and conducting research in Central America. Learn how you can get involved with their projects, “travel for a cause” in order to raise money for the program’s scholarships, or even adopt a Maya site in order to directly aid in its conservation!

TomTom Guderjan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at The University of Texas at Tyler and the President of Maya Research Program. He also directs MRP’s Blue Creek Archaeological Project in Belize, which focuses on a variety of topics including the structure of Maya cities, landscape archaeology and wetlands agricultural systems. In addition, the project focuses on student training and conservation of archaeological sites in the region. Dr. Guderjan received his PhD from Southern Methodist University and has published numerous books, monographs and papers on the Maya archaeology.

If you’d like to get involved, check out the Maya Research Program website!

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