David F. Lee
joined the BVAR Project in 1993 as a field school student from Trent
University, participating in the ongoing excavations at the site
of Cahal Pech. In 1994 and 1995, David returned to the field as
a supervisor for the Trent University Belize Valley Preclassic Maya
Project under the direction of Jaime Awe and Paul Healy.
In 1996 and
1997, concurrent with work on the BVAR project, David conducted
an ethnographic study on cultural perceptions of archaeological
tourism and archaeology in Belize.
to a solely archaeological focus in 1998 and 1999 working again
with BVAR and WBRCP whose surface excavations now focused on the
site of Baking Pot. In 2000 BVAR returned to Cahal Pech where David
supervised work in the D-group plaza of the site’s monumental
In 2001 David
(together with Jennifer Piehl, Russell Turner, and William Poe)
began consulting work under contract with the Tourism Development
Project to prepare a long-term strategic plan for future archaeological
site development in Belize. The Archaeological Development Strategy
Plan was submitted to the Government of Belize in 2004.
a Bachelor’s degree in commerce and Economics in 1990 from
Trent University. David Returned to Trent in 1992 and completed
a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology in 1995. In 2001, David
began Ph.D. work under the supervision of Dr. David Freidel at Southern
Methodist University and is currently conducting field research
at the site of El Peru in Peten Guatemala. David’s research
is focused upon the ancient royal palace complex at the site.