Fajina Archaeology Outreach is committed to engaging with local communities dependent upon and personally invested in the archaeological sites that we investigate. One of the most fun ways that we do this is through the Succotz Archaeology and Cultural Fairs! We organize summertime fairs free to all folks in Succotz, and across Cayo district in Belize, interested in archaeology and cultural heritage. Fairs include:
- Educational and engaging activities for kids
- Educational activities and lectures for adults
- Archaeologically-relevant performances
- Musical performances
- Give-aways and prizes
We initiated the Succotz Archaeology and Cultural Fairs in 2015 in collaboration with the Mopan Valley Preclassic and Archaeological Projects directed by Drs. Kat Brown and Jason Yaeger. The 2nd Annual Fair expanded greatly and we hosted over 300 visitors! The 2nd Annual Fair also hosted the first performance of the Ek Balam Maya Ballplayers of Yo Creek in Cayo District! The 3rd Annual Fair of 2017 welcomed nearly 400 visitors with brand-new activities focused on food and subsistence. The 4th Annual Fair of 2018 were the Maya Archaeology Olympics with ballgame challenge, palanquin races, atlatl against the Lords of Xibalba, patolli games, hieroglyphic bingo, and graffiti puzzles! We hosted the Casa de la Cultura Cerrito Plata Dance Group of San Andres, Guatemala with support from the Mayor of Benque Viejo del Carmen. The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project joined us in 2018!
Partners include: Jorge de Leon, Jorge Can, Belize National Institute of Culture and History, Institute of Archaeology, Institute of Social and Cultural Research, Galen University Anthropology Club, and Belize Youth Services.
Many thanks to all Succotz and Belizean partners, volunteers, Mopan Valley Preclassic Project/Mopan Valley Archaeology Project staff, and to Bernadette Cap, Kit Nelson, and Neil Dixon for their photographic prowess!