Just a couple project updates.
We would like to congratulate one of our new project members, Shawn Morton, who successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on April 13, 2015 at the University of Calgary! His dissertation is titled Pahn-Ti-Pan: The Rise and Fall of Complex Socio-Political and Economic Systems as Attested in Subterranean Site Contexts of Central Belize, C.A. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Shawn!
Another bit of news. SCRAP now owns it’s own total station! We may have to have a competition to name it. We decided on a Nikon DTM-322 (http://www.nikonpositioning.com/dtm-322.aspx). This was an economical, easy-to-use, lightweight option, and we have already been out in the beautiful Calgary spring sunshine testing the machine by mapping park garden beds. This piece of equipment will be used to re-map the Alabama epicentre this season.
Some project members are off to work in the Calakmul Biosphere (Campeche, Mexico) in May, but we will be in Belize as of June for the second season of SCRAP. We will once again keep you posted with weekly (or more frequent) updates on our season.