Late Preclassic bowl recovered from the marsh muck field in the Monos Plaza excavations (Photo: R.D. Hansen). LITERACY AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS The Mirador Basin project continued with its extensive program of education and training for Guatemalan workers. This practice has been enacted by the project for decades, and involves detailed course work for workmen after hours in reading, writing, mathematics, and English. The courses are taught every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings and has proven to be one of the more successful programs for workmen conducted by the project. The project uses a government program called CONALFA, which has simple workbooks designed to teach people to write, identify the letters of the alphabet, and the phonetic values associated with letters, vowels, and consonants. In addition to literacy programs, the project established a rigorous educational lecture series with staff members teaching subjects such as history, health, hygiene, first aid, family finances, investment strategies, archaeology, environmental responsibility, and geography. These classes provided information and knowledge to workers for their personal benefit and to make them more aware of the world and their responsibilities in it.