Dr. Jaime Awe – Prominent Belizean Archaeologist


Dr. Jaime Awe is one of Belize’s pioneering and most prominent archaeologists, who has personally excavated Belize’s major projects. Having achieved a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Anthropology at Trent University, Canada, as well as a Doctorate from the Institute Of Archaeology at the University Of London, England, he became the first native Belizean to receive a Ph.D in Archaeology. Since then, he has taught at universities in Canada, England, U.S.A. and is currently an associate professor at Galen University in Belize. He is also Director of the Institute Of Archaeology in the National Institute Of Culture And History (NICH) and one of the best field researchers in the country as he is well-versed in all things Maya.

Upon returning to Belize, Dr. Awe’s mission has been to unveil the mysteries and secrets of the Maya Underworld on his expeditions into the sacred spelunks hidden in the jungles. He has coordinated key projects in the region’s most popular Maya Caves and Ruins – Actun Tunichil Muknal, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech, Caracol, Lamanai and Xunantunich to name a few. During his archaeology career, Awe has published numerous articles and stories in several books, journals, and magazines, and his research has been featured in various international as well as national documentaries; yet his continues to be written.

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