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Mana Kai Camping and Cabins has been accommodating BVAR students since 2011.  It has a convenient location nearby the local market, as well as being located near our lecture headquarters and dining facilities at Hode's Place Restaurant.

Check out the American Foreign Academic Research program, which brings high school students to Belize under the auspices of the BVAR project every year!  Check it out!

A great introduction to the Art, Culture, and History of Ancient Mesoamerica can be found at AncientMexico.com.

Have you ever wondered about the ancient Mesoamerican ballgame? Where and when what is played? By whom and on what occasions? Click on this link to find many interactive features about this facinating sport and dramatic ritual pageant.

The Maya site of El Pilar has been investigated by the Belize River Area Settlement Survey (BRASS) Project.  A comprehensive site including a link to downloadable field reports.

Get to know the site and the investigators of Caracol -Belize's largest archaeological site- by visiting the website of the Caracol Archaeology Project (CAP).

Eva's Restaurant, Bar, "First Cyber Café in the West," and Tourist Info Centre is the place to hang out on Burns Ave in Cayo.  Check it out!

The Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI) a prominent granting agency (Inactive funding since 2007) and research foundation active since 1994 with extensive archives to grantee reports.

The official website of the Holmul Project, which has been investigating the important Maya regional center of Holmul since 2000.  Field reports of previous seasons are available to download.

The home page of the La Milpa Archaeological Project, with remarkable 3D digital elevation models (DEM), some downloadable papers, and CAD survey files.

Two words for backpackers: Lonely Planet! Take a look at their overview of Belize at their website.

Home page of the Lamanai Archaeological Project (LAP).  This ancient Maya site is renowned for the extensiveness of its Precolumbian occupation spanning over 1500 years, the longest uninterrupted span of occupation in the Maya world.

The Middle American Research Institute (MARI) of Tulane University 'conducts, supports, and publishes anthropological and archaeological research of Mexico and Central America.'

The largest group of experts in Mayan languages and writing congregate every year at the world-famous Maya Meetings at Texas; first initiated by Linda Schele in 1977. The website also hosts a link to the important archive of the Texas Notes on Precolumbian Art, Writing, and Culture.

The Mesoamerican Cave Archaeology Network (MCAN) provides a complete directory of all researchers who are involved in elucidating the past and present role(s) of caves in Mesoamerica.

The Naachtun Archeological Project (NAP) is a multi-disciplinary research project that merges archaeological investigations with environmental conservation and economic development in the tropical forest of northern Peten, Guatemala.

The goal of Unaahil B'aak (literally "Houses of Palenque") is to allow visitors the opportunity to experience the architecture and ruins of Palenque in a more interactive way than is nornally afforded by slides or books.

The official website of Merle Greene-Robertson's Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute (PARI).  Known as Mesoweb, it offers a great range of resources including PARI publications, a large collection of links and papers on the subject of ancient Maya glyphic writing, and hosts Palenque's Proyecto Groupo de las Cruces home page.

Guatemala's important Museo Popol Vuh of the Universidad Francisco Marroquín houses one of the most important collections of Maya artefacts in the world.

Interested in studying and promoting Mayan languages?  Visit the website of Oxlajuuj Keej Maya' Ajtz'iib' (OKMA) a great website featuring complete interface in Kaqchikel, Mam, Poqomchii', oh, and . Castellano.

The Maya calendrical tools offered online by software programmer Ivan Van Laningham are by far the most comprehensive and easiest to use.

The Pook's Hill Lodge has been the idyllic setting for archaeological investigations conducted by BVAR between 1999 and 2005.

The Center for Maya Research (CMR) and its The Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing series, under the direction and editorship of George Stuart have shaped the way we in which we think of the ancient Maya.

The Proyecto San Bartolo allows you a glimpse of the most amazing discovery made in Maya archaeology since Bonampak in 1946: the well-preserved, Late Formative, polychrome frescoes that have since been dubbed the "Sistine Chapel of the Early Maya."

The annual meetings hosted by the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) bring together -among countless other subjects- the single largest group of academic presentations on Maya prehistory.

El Perú an important site in north-western Guatemala is slowly yielding its secrets to the Proyecto Arqueológico Waka', which has been investigating the site since 2002.  Visit also their "interactive dig" online.

The European Association of Mayanists (Wayeb) organizes the workshops of the annual European Maya Conference and publishes the Wayeb Notes, a recently launched series on ancient Maya hieroglyphic writing.

Like bats, creepy-crawlers, and the dark?  Visit BVAR's younger sibling, the Western Belize Regional Cave Project (WBRCP).  Visit also Archaeology Magazine's extensive online "interactive dig".

The Xibun Archaeological Research Project (XARP) has been conducting intensive investigations throughout the Sibun valley of Belize (known as Xibun or Xibum in the 16th Century), since 1998.  Comprehensive site with downloadable field reports.