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.
***Applications are closed for Summer 2022. Please check back starting in the fall for the Summer 2023 application cycle. Follow updates related to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.***