Transylvania University anthropology professor Chris Begley is an archaeologist who works primarily in the jungles of the Mosquito Coast of Honduras in Central America. He has a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, and has worked extensively in the field in Central and South America, including Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Peru. He has also worked extensively in eastern North America.
His research has been supported by The National Geographic Society, The Explorers Club, The National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation, and he was a Senior Fulbright Fellow to El Salvador in 1997 and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. He has published extensively in English and Spanish in academic journals and in publications for general audiences.
His work has been featured in various documentaries airing on the Discovery Channel, BBC, and the Travel Channel. These include the documentary Trips Money Can't Buy with Ewan McGregor, in which he took the actor Ewan McGregor and Ray Mears (the survival expert of BBC fame) through the jungles of Honduras to visit archaeological sites. Other documentaries include Cave of the Glowing Skulls (Discovery Channel) and several Spanish-language documentaries shown locally in Honduras and El Salvador.
His current work, supported by grants from National Geographic, Olympus, and PADI involves developing a 3D imaging system for archaeologists working in remote areas, including nautical archaeologists. He has deployed prototypes of the system in Honduras, Trinidad, Spain, and the U.S.