Archaeology

Research team

The Chan project brought together a collaborative, international, multidisciplinary research team of over 120 foreign and local archaeologists, botanists, geologists, geographers, chemists, computer scientists, artists, students, workers, volunteers, and local community residents from Belize, the US, England, Canada, and China.

Project Director: Dr. Cynthia Robin, Northwestern University

Specialists

  • Ceramicist: Dr. Laura Kosakowsky, University of Arizona
  • Paleoethnobotanist: Dr. David Lentz, University of Cincinnati
  • Shell and Jade: Dr. Angela Keller, University of Texas-Arlington
  • Fauna: Dr. Chelsea Blackmore, University of California-Santa Cruz
  • Osteologist: Anna Novotny, PhD candidate, Arizona State University
  • Lithicist: Nick Hearth, PhD candidate, University of California-Riverside
  • Ground Stone:  Sylvia Batty, Belize Institute of Archaeology
  • Artist: Carmen Ting, PhD candidate, University College London

PhD students

  • Dr. Chelsea Blackmore, University of California-Santa Cruz
  • Dr. Andrew Wyatt, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Nick Hearth, University of California-Riverside
  • Anna Novotny, Arizona State University

Survey supervisors               

  • Dr. Andrew Wyatt, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Santiago Juarez, PhD candidate, Northwestern University
  • Ethan Kalosky, PhD candidate, University of New Mexico

Excavation supervisors

  • Dr. Chelsea Blackmore, University of California-Santa Cruz
  • Dr. Andrew Wyatt, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Bernadette Cap, PhD candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Nick Hearth, PhD candidate, University of California-Riverside
  • Ethan Kalosky, PhD candidate, University of New Mexico
  • Caleb Kestle, PhD candidate, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Jim Meierhoff, PhD candidate, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Yasmine Baktash, BA, Northwestern University
  • Michael Latsch, BA, Northwestern University
  • Alex Miller, BA, Northwestern University

Undergraduate students

  • Yasmine Baktash, Northwestern University
  • Brian Dema, Northwestern University
  • Elise (Docster) Enterkin, Northwestern University
  • Chris Hetrick, Northwestern University
  • Santiago Juarez, Northwestern University
  • Ethan Kalosky, Northwestern University
  • Caleb Kestle, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Shelley Khan, Northwestern University
  • Alex Miller, Northwestern University
  • Jim Meierhoff, University of Illinois-Chicago

Belize Institute of Archaeology representatives

  • Sylvia Batty
  • Joyce Tun

Project support staff

  • Project Manager: Glenis Smith, San Ignacio, Belize
  • Foreman: Everaldo Chi, San Jose Succotz, Belize
  • Lab Supervisor: Marta Puc, San Jose Succotz, Belize
  • Landowners:
    • Derric Chan, San Jose Succotz, Belize
    • Ismael Chan Sr., San Jose Succotz, Belize

Other support staff

Michelle Abtahi, Yasmine Baktash, Dr. Doug Bolendar, Margaret Briggs, Jeff Buechler, Pamela Cardenas, Jonathan Dattilo, Dr, Kristin de Lucia, Brian Dubin, Dr. Laure Dussubieu, Krista Garcia, Mark Golitko, Angela Hood, Iram Izam, Serena Jain, Tegan Jones, Kate Kanne, Kalina Kassadjikova, Colleen Kron, Kristin Landau, Dr. Lisa LeCount, Megan McGee, Dr, William Middleton, Jim Morris, Mary Morrison, Marcus Murph, Elizabeth Nolan, Dr. Lisa Overholtzer, Brad Phillippi, Jessie Pinchoff, Tamas Polanyi, Jeffrey Schecter, Elizabeth Schiffman, Holly Schumacher, Kate Stephensen, Anthony Tedeschi, Ana Tejeda, Bob Trombello, Sally Woods, and Dan Wyman

Belizean excavation supervisors

Bernabe Camal Sr., Edwin Camal, Ifrain Chan, Ismael R. Chan, Eduardo Chi, Venura Cocom, Placido Cunil Jr., Abel Goodoy, Virgilio Goodoy, Ciro Hernandez, Manuel Kent, Jose Lopez, Mariano Lopez Jr., Jose Luis Panti, Cruz Puc, and Nasario Puc

Belizean excavation, survey, and lab assistants

Merle Alfaro, Nestor Alfaro, Sylvia Batty, Theresa Batty, Bernabe Camal Jr., Jonny Camal, Eduardo Chan, Heriberto Chan, Ismael Chan Sr., Ismael F. Chan Jr., Elvis Chi, Jaime Chi, Omar Chi, Roberto Cunil, Ismael Ernandez, Reina Ernandez, William Hofman, Elvis Itza, Roberto Jimenez, Sergio Jimenez, Gumercindo Mai, Susan Mai, Rosita Marin, Lazaro Martinez, Rosa Martinez, Oscar Mejia, Eder Panti, Alma Patt, Salvador Penados, Elvin Puc, Ricky Puc, Ronnie Puc, Sandra Puc, Sandra Aurora Puc, Ediberto Reyes, Carlos Salgueros, Julia Sanchez, Alex Smith, David Smith, Horace Smith, Ken Smith, Feliz Uck, Elmer Valdez, and Gerald Valdez.

Chan site landowners

Rosita Aguallo, Jose Alfaro, Armando Bautista, Thomas Chable, Benigno Chan, Calixto Chan, Francisco Chan, Guadalupe Chan, Ventura Chi, Adele DesRochers, Rogelio Gamez, Virgilio Goodoy, Jose Hiron, Edward Jenkins, Virginia Jenkins, Irene Jimenez, Michael Jones, Valentin Ku, Abelio Leon, Estela Leon, Ireno Magaña, Jose Mai, Amalio Matus, Fidel Matus, Domingo Mesh, Antonio Morales, Francisco Morales, Humberto Morales, Pastora Morales, Leandro Pacheco, Feliciano Panti, Glis Penados, Santiago Gonzalez Pinedos, Antonio Puc, Felipe Puc, Lorenzo Puc, Nasario Puc, Julian Requena, Manuel Reyes, Jovita Guermina Sanches, Ishil Shish, Polo Shish, Felix Uck, Monico Uck, Silvario Uck, Julio Valencia, and Santiago Yacab.

San Ignacio Lab House Landowners

Pedro Gonzalez and Maria Jilma Sosa.