AFAR Research Conferences


Although launched as a means to train students for field work in Belize, our conferences have grown to become one of the most important and informative explorations of Mayan Archaeology.

Twice a year, AFAR hosts a gathering of a large number of the world’s top scholars in the field of Maya archaeology and culture to share their knowledge with professionals, students, and members of the community. These weekend events have provided scholars with a venue to collaborate with peers, test their theories, and gather support for their research. On the flip side; students and enthusiasts are given a chance to fuel their interests by participating in academic lectures, workshops, and performances. In addition, the conferences have evolved to become a great social venue for individuals with archaeological interests.

 
 
 

Maya at the Playa

Since 2006, The Maya at the Playa Conference has taken place annually in Palm Coast, Florida. This four-day event has drawn over 100 Maya experts and over 600 different attendees from 34 states and 12 countries to beautiful Flagler County. Learning about cutting edge discoveries by day and listening to the waves of the Atlantic in the evening has made this conference one of the premier Maya conferences in the world.

This year’s Maya at the Playa Conference.

 
 
 

Maya at the Lago

Just 500 miles north, the Maya at the Playa’s sister conference is hosted on the shores of Lake Norman in Davidson, North Carolina. The Maya at the Lago Conference is similar in format and content to the Maya at the Playa conference. Today, The Maya at the Lago Conference is the training hub for the pre-collegiate students who are accepted to the summer field program. Many of the activities during this conference are held on the campus of Davidson Day School where AFAR is based.

This year’s Maya at the Lago Conference.