Fred Valdez received his Ph.D. in Anthropology & Archaeology from Harvard University. He began teaching and research at The University of Texas in 1988 and currently oversees the Archaeological Studies Program. He also directs the Mesoamerican Archaeological Reearch Laboratory. Dr. Valdez directs a university archaeological field school each summer in Belize. The Belize research is part of a twenty-year program of studies into ancient Maya society. Beyond research in the Maya area, Dr. Valdez has been a Fulbright Scholar to Guatemala (1991-92) and was honored with a Taft Lecture Fellowship at the Univ. of Cincinnati. Learn more in the feature story, "Clues to an Ancient Civilization."