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- Press Release, NICH, July 29, 2014 - The National Institute of Culture and History and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation take this opportunity to send a resounding thank you to Dr. Jaime Awe for his years of dedication to the development of Archaeology in Belize. For the past 38 years, Dr. Awe has been working tirelessly and passionately unearthing and explaining the mysteries of the rich Maya culture to a countless number of students, writers, researchers, observers and all Belizeans.

President of NICH, Ms. Diane Haylock at a farewell luncheon shared, “On behalf of our Minister, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., our Board of Directors, management and staff of NICH we thank Dr. Awe for all the work he has done for Archeology and for Belize. While we’re indeed sad to see Dr. Awe leave, we know that it is for all the right reasons, and are confident that his contributions to this field and to Belize in general will continue well into the future. At NICH, and in particular the Institute of Archeology, we will continue to foster a valuable relationship with Dr. Awe.” 

NICH Announces New Belize Director of Archaeology, Bids Farewell to Dr. Jaime Awe

Dr. Jaime Awe

Dr. Awe shared, “My decision to resign was based solely on my personal desire to give more focused attention to my passion in the field of archaeology, research and teaching. Belize archaeology is not just a job, it’s my life.”

The National Institute of Culture and History is also pleased to announce the name of the new Director of the Institute of Archaeology (IA) with effect on the 1st August 2014. He is none other than Dr. John Morris, currently the Associate Director of Research at IA. A veteran himself in Archaeology in Belize, Dr. Morris has been in this field since 1980.

The Board of Directors of NICH and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation join in congratulating Dr. Morris on his appointment and look forward to continued developments in Archaeology in Belize under his leadership.

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