Greetings from Belize!
The time has come once again for a summer of field research in Belize. Shawn and I arrived last weekend and we have been busy making final preparations for our third season of SCRAP, which will last two months this year. Yesterday, I picked up our permit from the Institute of Archaeology, so we are now officially a go! Our team arrives on Saturday, we head to Stann Creek on Sunday, and we are in the field bright and early on Monday.
This season we will be completing our topographic map of the epicentre; conducting test excavations at residential mounds in the settlement; investigating a borrow pit and possible reservoir; and continuing with our various material studies (granite, clay/pottery, obsidian, etc.).
The plan is to once again provide a posting each week to this blog, detailing what we are up to—field methods, discoveries, various side adventures—which will be brought to you by different team members throughout the season.
We hope you enjoy our posts and we wish everyone a wonderful summer full of beautiful weather and great adventure!