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Archeologist Josue Ramos awarded Chevening Scholarship

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2023. 1:34 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  The British High Commission in Belize has announced that archeologist, Josue Ramos has been awarded a Chevening scholarship.

Ramos is a son of the West. He was was born and raised in San Antonio Village, Cayo District, a Yucatec Maya (Masewal) community.

 Although Josue is not a Yucatec Maya, he is still an indigenous “Q’eqchi’ Maya” descendant from the Chub matrilineal lineage.

Josue lost his mother when he was 12 and was practically on his own.

He struggled financially to finish primary school in his home village.

Josue then worked on weekends and school breaks while attending Eden S.D.A High School where he graduated as Salutatorian of his 2006 graduating class.

 In 2006, Josue relocated to the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, where he currently resides.

Despite his economic challenges, he pursued his dream of becoming an archaeologist at the undergraduate level.

 Since 2006, he has practiced field archaeology with numerous field schools such as the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project (BVAR), Las Cuevas Archaeological Reconnaissance Project (LCAR), UCLA Maya Archaeological Project (UMAP), and the Bladen Paleoindian and Archaic Project (BPAP) under the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. 

In 2010, Josue graduated with a dual degree from Galen University and the University of Indianapolis in Anthropology and Archaeology. Josue became the first of his family to obtain a university degree.

Josue has demonstrated his love, dedication, and enthusiasm for the preservation of Belize’s archaeological resources as an archaeologist for almost 12 years in the Research and Education and the Enforcement and Monitoring Unit at the Institute of Archaeology within the National Institute of Culture and History, for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology.

Josue leads all archaeological mitigation on road development and other developments in Belize for the Institute of Archaeology.

Most recently, Josue participated in and successfully passed the “Virtual course on the training manual for the UNESCO foundational course on the protection and management of underwater cultural heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

He previously represented and presented for Belize on the Mundo Maya Webinars on the topic, “Importancia de Los sitios arqueológicos en el Mundo Maya.” 

He has been part of several local publications in archaeology and, in 2022, was one of the contributing authors with “Kennett, D.J., Lipson, M., Prufer, K.M. et al. South-to-north migration preceded the advent of intensive farming in the Maya region.

Josue has always held on to his dream of pursuing graduate-level studies in archaeology.

Ramos will pursue a master’s degree in Archaeology at Glasgow University, Scotland.


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