The Bolonchen Regional Archaeological Project (BRAP) is a joint Mexican-U.S. research program in the Puuc region of Northern Yucatán, Mexico. It is a long term research program designed to address the factors that led to the development of ancient Maya culture in this region and its eventual collapse.
Millasps professor Dr. George Bey has been excavating several areas of the city since 2000, including the early Palace of the city as well as an elite hilltop complex. It is his goal to ascertain when and how Maya civilization developed in this region, the nature of the socio-economic system that sustained the city for almost 2000 years and the reasons for the sudden abandonment of Kiuic.
Dr. Bey takes students into the field with him each summer to conduct archaeological research. Students live and work at the Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve and gain hands-on experience in excavation. They also get to be a part of a large, long term project.
Several students continue to live and work or conduct research in the Yucatán after graduation. Evan Parker ('11), who conducted his Honors research at Kiuic and is currently in graduate school at Tulane University, regularly returns to Kiuic to conduct research for his dissertation. Phillip Boyett ('12), who also conducted his Honors Research in the Yucatán plans to return after graduation to excavate and will spend the better part of the next year administering Kiuic's academic scholarship for local high-school students and doing individual research. Mandi Strickland ('12) is a Keck Fellow who worked at EAC in the Yucatán in the summer of 2011 and also plans to return to excavate during the summer of 2012.
Dr. Bey's project at Kiuic was filmed over the summer of 2012 for a National Geographic special "Quest for the Lost Maya." Dr. Bey, several current students, and a few Millsaps graduates are in the program.