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2024 Maya Archaeology Field School

Student Maya Research Opportunity in the Mirador Basin, Guatemala,  2024 Idaho State University / FARES Foundation

The Idaho State University/ Guatemala Archaeological and Ecological Research Program is located in the remote Mirador Basin in the northern department of Peten.  The research encompasses one of the most exciting research projects on the ancient Maya and focuses on the origins, cultural dynamics, and collapse of Preclassic Maya civilization.  Under the direction of Dr. Richard Hansen, you will have the opportunity for original research and exploration in the largest and earliest ancient Maya cities with teams of scholars from a variety of disciplines.

If you are interested in the field school and would like more information about tuition, costs, room/board, and other expectations, please visit here: www.miradorbasin.com


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For this year's syllabus:


2024 ISU Maya Archaeology Syllabus

If you would like to apply for this field school please download the application here:

2024 ISU Guatemala Application

If you are attending this year's field school please download the following files:

Foreign Travel Assumption of Risk

2024 ISU FARES Waiver Form

General Equipment 2024

2024 Summer Reading List


The 2024 Liability Waiver and Application must be returned to Dr. Hansen or the Department of Anthropology before May 1, 2024 at 5PM.

Please see the contact information below if you have any other questions about this year's field school.


Dr. Richard Hansen rhansen@pmt.org, richardhansen@isu.edu


Revue Guatemala Magazine

Smithsonian Mirador Magazine

Saving the Mirador Basin