Topic ID #25576 - posted 12/15/2012 9:36 PM

Rio de Los Pescados Archaeological Research Project (Mexico, 2013)

Proyecto Arqueológico Río de Los Pescados

The Archaeological Project Rio de Los Pescados will be hosting an archaeological fieldwork program in a peaceful country area near Los Pescados River outside of Xalapa, capital of Veracruz State – Mexico, from January 5th through February 3rd, 2013. Excavations will be conducted for first time at the Agua Caliente Site by Archaeologist Rodolfo Parra Ramirez.

Agua Caliente is a large archaeological site with monumental buildings. It has three different Mesoamerican occupation periods: Late Preclassic (100 B.C. - 250 A.D), Classic (250 - 900 A.D), and Postclassic (900 - 1521 A.D).

Excavations will primarily concentrate at the main Plaza and the Ballcourt for getting to know the development and settlement patterns of the Mesoamerican cultures established at the riverside, moreover to set up a chronology and a stratigraphic prototype throughout the cultural data collected during the field season.

Additional opportunities will include theoretical classes, surveying, site recording and assessment, in addition a field trip to an important archaeological site associated to the Central Gulf Coast of Mexico.

We will work Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. Select evenings will include brief lectures focusing on the archaeology and history of the region as well as different archaeological tasks. On Saturdays, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm the program will include academic classes related to the Mesoamerican history and the way Archaeology is done in Mexico with all the legal background. Sundays will be days off to relax and visit the touristic places around.

Participants will be trained in a wide variety of important techniques, including identifying and exposing cultural features, mapping and artifacts recording, profiles, collecting specialized samples, photography, site recording and screening.

Archaeological field experience is desirable, but no required. The total number of fieldwork participants will be limited to 20, so apply early. The total cost of the program will include tuition, school credits, meals, camp arrangements, field trip, pick-up and drop-off from and to the airport. Spanish or English are required.

Period(s) of Occupation:
Late Preclassic (100 B.C.–250 A.D), Classic (250 A.D.–900 A.D), Postclassic (900 A.D.–1521 A.D)

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements

A private field school camp will be established in the Agua Caliente village. Participants will stay in a house or tents. Water and electricity will be available in camp. Communal meals will be prepared by a private caterer. No internet and phone service available, nevertheless there will be in a nearby town five minutes away. Even though it is a friendly place, security will be provided at all times.

Cost: $1,900, for the whole season (tuition, school credits, meals, camp arrangements, field trip, pick-up and drop-off from and to the airport)

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: University of Veracruz - Mexico
Number of credits offered: 10
Tuition: Included in the whole season cost

Contact Information

Raquel Ortega Sanchez
Francisco Moreno y Ezequiel Alatriste, Col. Ferrer Guardia
Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Phone: +52 1 (228) 116-5372

Post ID#19901 - replied 12/17/2012 9:08 AM


As great as this project sounds, people really need to weight the dangers of this area in their decision to go there.  Drug cartels control the area.  Threats and violence are very common, and the local government has lost contol and riddle with corruption.

Post ID#19902 - replied 12/17/2012 10:52 AM

Proyecto Arqueológico Río de Los Pescados

Dirtdirt I clearly understand your concern though, nevertheless there are and always have been stereotypes. It is true Felipe Calderon started a violent war against drug cartels 2006-2012, but that was actually more in the North of Mexico, it would be funny to think that every centimeter is full of blood in 1'964'375 square kilometers of Mexican territory. If that were complete true no foreigners would come to visit safe areas. The project if you have done research is in an area where "drug cartels don't control the area" as you say. In fact, where the archaeological site will be it is a country friendly area, and even with that we will have security at all times. We have been doing archaeological projects in the area for 3 years in a row now and nothing has happened. People in town already know our students and professors and they are always very nice with us. This coming january we will be having around 25 students like every year in a friendly safe environment. Thank you for your comment though! Greetings! ;)

Post ID#19903 - replied 12/18/2012 11:55 AM


I agree with the Field School folks that the area they will be working in is far from the areas infested by the cartels. Just because people are killed every day in New York or Los Angeles or Chicago, doesn't mean that every inch of them is under fire and no one should go there. Xalapa is a gorgeous area with great people living there. It sounds like and excellent field school opportunity!


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