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Welcome to the website of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance (BVAR) Project! 


The project is directed by Belizean archaeologist Dr. Jaime Awe (Northern Arizona University), Dr. Julie Hoggarth (Baylor University), and Dr. Claire Ebert (University of Pittsburgh). BVAR has conducted archaeological research in central Belize since 1988 with the initiation of excavations at the ancient Maya site of Cahal Pech. In 1992 BVAR started shifting its focus to the major site of Baking Pot, where were will focus our research in the 2024 field season.

You can learn more more about our recent research and events on social media: BVAR Facebook Page; BVAR Twitter; BVAR Instagram.

Applications for the 2024 field season are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information about the summer 2025 field season.

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