Brett A. Houk

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Published on Dec 29, 2015

2015 Field Report Now Available!

Hi, everyone! We happily announce the publication of The 2015 Season of the Chan Chich Archaeological Project. The report includes chapters on the work at Kaxil Uinic village and Qualm Hill camp, w...

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Published on Aug 02, 2015

Some Preliminary Results from Qualm Hill

It turns out that running back-to-back archaeological field schools, coordinating research at three different sites, writing two conference papers, and attending two conferences during the course o...

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Published on Jun 07, 2015

Qualm Hill

With the first session field school in full swing, we have not found time for a lab note until now: minutes after the students departed for an overnight trip to Tikal. With only one more week in th...

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Published on Apr 06, 2015

Upcoming Archival Work

With the field season only five weeks away, our preparations are underway for both the archival investigations and the field season. Dr. Houk, Brooke Bonorden, and Ashley Booher will travel to Beli...

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Published on Mar 05, 2015

YOU Did It!

Thank you, everyone, who made a contribution to our research. We just reached our goal, and you have no idea how much this will help us accomplish our mission this summer. All contributions of any ...

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Published on Mar 01, 2015

O'Connor's Ramble: Part 2

When last we left Major Luke Smyth O'Connor of the First West India Regiment, he and his small party had departed Qualm Hill in search of the Indios Bravos. The next part of his tale is a fascinati...

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Published on Feb 28, 2015

Calling on all the Five Dollah Girls Out There

Summer field schools often generate some of the best nicknames ever, ones that haunt their owners for the rest of their lives. From 2007 to 2011, my field school shared a camp in Belize with multip...

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Published on Feb 20, 2015

Another Matching Challenge Ends 2-27!

A private individual has generously offered to match any contributions equal to or larger than $50 between now and 9:00 pm CT on February 27, up to a total match of $1,000! This is a great chance t...

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Published on Feb 19, 2015

Something a little different for our supporters

For your viewing pleasure, we are posting a movie trailer that premiered last summer during Brett Houk's presentation at the Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium. Group H is part of the si...

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Published on Feb 15, 2015

Qualm Hill and O'Connor's Ramble

An Exploring Ramble Among the Indios Bravos in British HondurasIndios BravosIndios del MonteHis story is a travelogue documenting his quest to find the Indios Bravos, and his embark...

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Published on Feb 08, 2015

Early Mentions of Kaxil Uinic

The historic village that we are calling Kaxil Uinic goes by many names. In our background research, we have found it spelled "Kaxil Uinic" (Thompson 1939, 1963), "Kaxiluinic" (Jones 1977), "Kaxilv...

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Published on Feb 05, 2015

"It is a strange quirk of history that the Maya once took on the British Empire."

Thompson's 1931 sketch of the Maya village of Kaxil Uinic, shortly before it was abandoned.One of the most influential Maya archaeologists of the twentieth century, Sir J. Eric S. Thompson, remarke...

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Hey, Jim! No cows, but there is a castle. Here's what Brooke said about the sherd on the analysis form: "Sherd has scroll design around rim and scene of two people fishing at a lake near a castle. Romantic motif? (ca. 1793-1870). Sherd bevels at bottom. Possibly scenic vignette rim design (ca. 1790-1889)." Do you have something similar from Tikal? Feel free to email Brooke directly for more detail or a better photo. The spec. # of that sherd is QHC1026-01.
Aug 06, 2015
Colonial Period Archaeology in Northwestern Belize
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Thanks, Sam. I agree. Funding is harder and harder to come by, so I'm giving this approach a shot for the first time.
Mar 04, 2015
Colonial Period Archaeology in Northwestern Belize
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Negative!
Feb 25, 2015
Colonial Period Archaeology in Northwestern Belize
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Very cool, James! Brooke and I will be in touch, and thanks for the contribution!
Feb 12, 2015
Colonial Period Archaeology in Northwestern Belize
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Don't worry, Steve. Anything we don't spend on food, room, and fuel will go to hiring more guys in the field. I'll also make a note to myself to only spend your donation on rice and beans!
Feb 09, 2015
Colonial Period Archaeology in Northwestern Belize
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