A professional surveyor and an archaeologist with eight years of field experience, James Eckhardt is MEC's senior
survey crew chief. He has particpated in multiple excavations in Northwestern Belize, including the excavtion of a royal
tomb at the site of Dos Hombres. He has surveyed and mapped with teams at the Belizean ruins of Guijeral, Chan Chich and Ma'ax Na.
From 1998 to 2000 he was a senior member of the Palenque Mapping project. Since 2000 Eckhardt has been working as a crew
chief for a professional survey company in Austin, Texas. His knowledge of professional survey methods and experience in
the Maya region make him a key member of the MEC team.