Welcome to AFAR
American Foreign Academic Research
AFAR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing pre-collegiate students an opportunity to experience first hand the world of archaeology through onsite excavations or by attending world-class seminars at our Maya conferences. American Foreign Academic Research, more commonly recognized as AFAR, is an organization dedicated to the advancement of archaeological field research, cultural site preservation, and the belief that the science can be advanced through the education and outreach of professionals and non-professionals alike. Read more about our history and mission.
The Conch Shell Ink Pot depicted in the AFAR logo was excavated by Catharina E. Santasilia and Antonio Itza in a joint BVAR-AFAR project led by Dr. Jaime Awe in 2011. The artifact dates to the late classic Mayan Period (ca. AD 600-700) and was once utilized as an ink well by a master scribe. Three of the four sections of the shell still contain remnants of the blue, red, and black ink that once filled them making this artifact extremely rare and important.