Welcome to the website of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project (BVAR). The project is directed by Belizean archaeologist Dr. Jaime J. Awe (Northern Arizona University) and Dr. Julie A. Hoggarth (Baylor University). BVAR has been conducting archaeological research in central Belize since 1988 with the initiation of excavations at the ancient Maya site of Cahal Pech by Dr. Awe. In 1992 BVAR started shifting its focus on the major site of Baking Pot, a site which continues to be actively investigated by Co-Director, Dr. Hoggarth. Come find out more about our project and the field work opportunities that we are offering this season.
***Due to the coronavirus global pandemic, the June and July 2020 BVAR sessions have been cancelled. See our statement on the coronavirus here.