Continuation of Project
2003 Field Season
2004 Field Season
2005 Field Season
Chocolá Archaeology: Continuation of the Project
seasons of research the project has determined that the ancient
city of Chocolá arose earlier, is far larger, endured far
longer, and is more intact than hitherto believed or suspected.
Our findings argue persuasively that considerably more research
needs to be done at the site, given its location in the heart of
the ironically little-investigated but long-believed seminal Southern
Maya Zone, and the wealth of information it contains, information
the project has only begun to recover.
addition to pure research, the project has been motivated to share
the knowledge gained and other benefits with the impoverished Third
World residents of modern Chocolá. The project also has initiated
a number of development projects assisting the townspeople in finding
alternative, and sustainable, means based in eco- and archaeotourism
and one, moreover, that generates pride in the invaluable cultural
heritage represented by the archaeological ruins beneath and around
their lands and in the stunning natural ecology of Chocolá.