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 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. Currently, we are conducting research at Cahal Pech, Baking Pot, and Xunantunich. Come find out more about our project and the field work opportunities that we are offering this season.
***The BVAR Project is currently planning to hold our summer field school in 2021. Tentative dates are provided on the fieldwork page, and are subject to change or cancellation. See our statement on the coronavirus here.***