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June 15, 2016

The following is a list of field school opportunities. The American Anthropological Association does not advocate for or against these institutions, but merely supplies information. Contact Anne Kelsey, AAA's marketing & communications manager to submit a posting. 

Olympic College is offering a field research course July 5th – August 25th in archaeology field methods and techniques at the historic site of Yama (45KP105) on Bainbridge Island, WA.  Yama is one of the best preserved Japanese immigrant village sites in the Pacific Northwest. The settlement was occupied over an approximate 40-year period from 1883 to 1920s. The Field School will include systematic surface survey, feature analysis, and limited test excavation. Students learn the principles of site survey, proper recording of provenience, artifact recovery, laboratory analysis, and cataloging. Contact Field Director/Instructor E. Floyd Aranyosi for further course information

New York City: CIFAS Summer Field School in Ethnographic Methods – Now in its 9th edition, the goal of the CIFAS field school is to offer training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. The faculty works closely with participants to identify the required field methods needed to address their academic or professional needs. The field school is suitable for graduate and undergraduate students in social sciences and other fields of study that use qualitative approaches (such as education, communication, cultural studies, health, social work, human ecology, development studies, consumer behavior, among others), applied social scientists, professionals, and researchers who have an interest in learning more about ethnographic methods and their applications. The field school runs from July 19 to 31. The course is two weeks long. The total work load of the course is 30 hours. Students interested in earning credits for the course may have additional assignments in order to totalize 45 hours of activities (equivalent to 3 credits). Tuition is 900 dollars. For more information, please visit or write to professor Renzo Taddei at

The Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School – The Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) offers full-semester and summer field school programs through Stony Brook University. The programs address the place that humans occupy in the natural world and how we came to occupy that place. Participants gain hands-on experience in field survey and excavation methods, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy and more, and will take field trips to important paleontological and archaeological sites, diverse ecological settings, and remarkable geological features throughout the Turkana Basin. This full-semester program is comprised of five, 3-credit courses at the upper division or graduate level, and is offered each spring and fall semester. Participants will earn 15 upper-division credits while studying in the place where the Leakey family and their colleagues have made, and continue to make, unprecedented discoveries into human origins. The new summer program is comprised of three, 3-credit courses at the upper division or graduate level, and is offered every summer. Participants earn at least nine upper-division credits and will work directly with leading scientists at active hominin fossil localities and archaeological excavations, such as at Lomekwi 3 (the oldest stone tool site in the world). Students in either program may also perform research projects in an Independent Study course for additional credits. More information on the Turkana Basin Field school can also be found at

Pennsylvania - Historical Archaeology at Stoddartsville - Kutztown University: The KU Archaeology Field School will be held this summer at Stoddartsville, the site of an early-19th century milling village in northeast Pennsylvania. The field school will be offered in 2 two-week sessions run back-to-back between June 6 and July 1. Students can enroll in either or both sessions. No previous experience is necessary. Students will receive training in archaeological techniques of excavation, pedestrian and geophysical survey, site mapping, and artifact recording and analysis. For more information please visit and email Dr. Khori Newlander (

Historic Archaeology Field School in Pennsylvania - In its 8th year, the Archaeology Field School is an intensive four-week program led by Archaeologist Dr. Lydia Garver at The Speaker's House, which was the colonial home of Frederick Muhlenberg the first US Speaker of the House. No previous experience is necessary. Participants will receive training in excavation techniques, record keeping, artifact identification, processing, cataloging, and classification. Optional field trips and guest lectures will also be offered. Students can earn three college credits for ANT 120 Archaeology Field School for their participation by enrolling through Montgomery County Community College. To learn more, contact Dr. Lynn Swartley O'Brien at  For course information go to ANT 120 at  Enroll online at

Costa Rica – Tree Field Studies - June 12 – July 02. We are seeking applications for the Primate Behavior summer course taught in Costa Rica this summer by Dr. Lorna Joachim.  This course is designed to teach undergraduate and graduate students the basic skills necessary to study primate behavior in the wild. Throughout students will learn techniques in ecological and behavioral data collection and complete an independent or group study on one of three primate species native to the area (Ateles geoffroyi, the black handed spider monkey; Cebus capucinus, the white-faced capuchin; Alouatta palliata, the mantled howler monkey). While our course cost may be a bit higher than some similar field courses, we take pride in the fact that our students have the advantage of doing work in two forests, help educate local needy high school students, and take a few fun field trips to boot! This course will take place in Costa Rica at the Estacion Biologica El Zota. El Zota is an inland tropical wet forest site comprised of primary, secondary, and regenerating forest. Tree Field Studies believes that the generosity of the Costa Rican people should be rewarded for allowing us to work and visit their country. Therefore, a portion of the course fee will cover the high school fees of local Costa Rican students. Our hope is that this connection will foster a relationship between the field school and local students, encouraging them to work towards conservation in their own community. Finally, we take a number of fun side trips in Costa Rica, which are hugely popular, and a lot of fun. We have taken students to visit cloud forests and coffee/chocolate plantations, white water rafting, zip lining, sea turtle watching, and snorkeling. Space is limited so contact us soon! There are still spots left – but places are going fast. Get up to 50% off of your tuition! Recommending others to this course could get you up to 50% off of your tuition. Discounts amount to about 5% of the cost of tuition. Discounts cannot exceed 50% of the tuition or 10 successful recommendations. Students you recommend must sign up for the course and pay tuition for discounts to apply. Please go to our website (, download the application forms and apply asap. Please email your application materials to Dr. Lorna Joachim:

Ecuador FAU Field Programs – The Florida Atlantic University archaeological and ethnographic field programs are in their 19th year of operation, located along Ecuador’s south-central Pacific coast.  For the archaeological program, the focus is on survey, excavation and interpretation as well as a module with human remains, primarily on the prehistoric Manteño period.  The ethnographic program focuses on developing individual, supervised student projects on dimensions of village life that are both interesting to the student as well as that fit within our overall research objectives. Both programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students.  Program dates are June 25 – August 7.  For archaeology:  For ethnography:  For more information contact Valentina Martinez (

Hawai‘i – Miloli‘i Archaeological Field School – William & Mary – July 5-August 6, 2016. We are seeking participants for the 2016 Miloli'i Archaeological Field School, on Kaua‘i Island, Hawai‘i, which will be held between July 5 and August 6, 2016. This field school provides an intensive, hands-on opportunity for students interested in learning archaeology field and lab techniques. Eligible students can earn 6 academic credits through the College of William & Mary. Two ten-day field sessions are scheduled, with two five-day off-site breaks in which students will conduct archaeological lab work, assist in historic sites management, and visit archaeological sites. The field school is part of an ongoing field project directed by Dr. Jennifer Kahn of William and Mary’s Department of Anthropology, in collaboration with Hawai‘i State Parks. The project is focused on investigating settlement and subsistence strategies at one of Hawai‘i’s most remote locations, the Nā Pali Coast on Kaua‘i Island. This year’s fieldwork will focus on excavating pre-contact and post-contact house sites, test excavation at agricultural terraces, survey, site mapping, and GIS documentation. The field site is remote, with limited facilities, and participants will camp for the duration of each 10-day field session. Prospective students will be required to pass a swim test. Please download an application form at and email to Dr. Jennifer Kahn at by April 15, 2016. Early applications are encouraged.

Colonial Williamsburg 2016 Field School in Historical Archaeology  In 2016 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will conduct its 32nd annual archaeological field school in conjunction with the College of William & Mary.  This summer we will offer two five-week (ANTH225 / 425) field schools in historical archaeology (6-credits).  Session 1 takes place between May 31 and July 1, 2016 and session 2 is between July 5 and August 5, 2016.  Students registered in the archaeological field school will learn excavation techniques and recording, as well as the identification of common eighteenth-century artifacts. They will be introduced to archaeology's specialties, including Conservation, Public Archaeology, and Zooarchaeology, through lectures and required reading. Participants can register for the program through the College of William and Mary: For more program details, please email Mark Kostro at

Maritime Woodland Along the Florida Gulf Coast  Florida State University Archaeological Field School 2016  The Florida State University Archaeological Field School represents an apprenticeship in archaeological research design, field methods, artifact processing, organizational and management concepts, and public outreach. It is an entry-level preparation for students who are considering a career in archaeology or desire archaeological field training. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice survey techniques, site survey and subsurface testing, excavation skills, preparation of cultural materials, public outreach activities via the project blog, and involvement in the organizational and logistic requirements of staging and operating a field project. Students will be introduced to, and work with, various types of surveying, photographic, video, and computer equipment during the course of the field school. An important component of all modern archaeology projects is public outreach and education. Students will be involved in this aspect of the project via scheduled volunteer and special service days and the project blog. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about cultural resource management by federal agencies, federal and state cultural resource laws, and network with archaeologists from federal and state agencies. In summer 2016 we will investigate subsistence and ceremonialism at a maritime Woodland Period (ca. 3200 - 1000 years ago) shell ring site located in the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 25 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida (we will commute daily from the campus of FSU). The fieldwork runs May 9-June 17 and is co-directed by Dr. Tanya M. Peres and Dr. Geoffrey P. Thomas. Please follow the link to submit an application. 

Summer on the Salish Sea  The Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School offers a community-based four-fields experience this summer supporting Coast Salish canoe families on Tribal Canoe Journey's Paddle to Nisqually. Students will study people, plants, animals, languages, and archaeology of the Salish Sea basin while providing hands-on support for canoe families. Photos are available for review from previous summers. Tuition and fees for 12 quarter credits are approximately $1,500 for WA residents and $3,300 for non-residents and include transportation and food during the three week-long camping trip. Class meets July 6 & 13 and then begins travel with overnight camping from July 18 - August 7, 2016. Apply online at Priority is given to early applicants.

Italy- Sicily- Ciminna (PA):  Pizzo Archaelogy Field School 2016  The Pizzo of Ciminna, 850m asl, is an Indigenous-Hellenized site, located 45km SE of Palermo and 3km from Ciminna. Excavations carried out between 2001 and 2005 brought to light structures that could be related to a sacred area dedicated to Demeter. The material culture dates the structures mainly from the 4th to the 3rd century BC.  A local non profit organization, “Genesis Ciminna”, with the Soprintendenza di Palermo and MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) will carry out two Field Schools this year. The first one will start on June 6th to July 1st (4 weeks) and the other one on July 11th to August 5th (4 weeks). The aim of these digs is to fully understand the function of this area and its organization from an urbanistic point of view and to excavate what seems to be a fortification wall. The positions available are 15 for each course. Beginners are welcome as well as experienced students who want to increase their digging skills or increase their knowledge about Sicilian archaeology. Mornings will be dedicated to the excavation where the students will be involved in all activities, from digging to pottery drawing. There will be afternoon classes on Sicilian Archaeology, Elymian/Sican pottery, Greek pottery, Roman and Byzantine pottery and Arab-Norman pottery. To apply please check our website or for further information please send an e-mail to  

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Archaeology Field School  May 16 - June 29, 2016.  During this seven week experience you will learn skills and archaeological field techniques useful for careers in archaeology, museums, or anthropology in general. This project will involve locating, recording, and testing archaeological sites in the scenic Sand Hills of western Nebraska, an area that is the little known archaeologically. We anticipate seeing the full range of occupation, from Paleoindian to historic materials.  Students will earn 7 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit. Cost: $2,410 (tuition and fees) plus $1,000 (transportation and food); graduate students tuition cost $500 more.  Cost is the same for both Nebraska residents and non-residents, but UNL students can compete for Hubbard Scholarships to assist with expenses: six $1000 grants for undergraduates and two $2000 grants for graduates.  Apply online at  Applications due by April 15.

United States: Preservation Archaeology in Southwest New Mexico - Join Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona this summer for the 2016 season of our Preservation Archaeology Field School!  Students will earn 7 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit through the University of Arizona while investigating how ancient communities formed during an era of migration and social change. Our team will excavate at the 14th-century Gila River Farm site in beautiful southwest New Mexico. We will also record sites on survey, analyze what we find in the lab, and learn to make and use ancient tools.  Field trips to archaeological sites, visits to contemporary Native American communities, and public outreach events emphasize communication with diverse audiences and reinforce the principles of Preservation Archaeology as we focus on recovering maximum information with limited impacts on the archaeological record.  Funding may be available for qualified undergraduate students.  Applications are due March 18; for more information, see or contact Dr. Karen Schollmeyer at

University of North Carolina at Wilmington – The University of North Carolina at Wilmington will be hosting a 6-credit Summer Field school from May 16-June 16 2016.  We will be performing survey, location, excavation, and evaluation on a historic rice plantation constructed along the banks of the Brunswick River in Belville, NC, near Wilmington NC.  This will be the first rice plantation to be excavated in the coastal Cape Fear region.  We will be excavating in a public park, so public education will be an important part of our field school. The field school will cost UNCW Summer tuition plus $75 equipment fee—please see for more information about summer tuition rates.  Students should arrange their own lodging in the Wilmington/Belville area, and are responsible for their own meals, but we are happy to help find lodging for out-of-town students.  For more information, please check our website at, or contact Dr. Nora Reber at

New Mexico State University Archaeology Field School – May 26 – July 1, 2016 This is a five-week summer field school with NMSU.  Students will excavate and map Cottonwood Spring Pueblo (LA175), one of the largest 14th century Jornada Mogollon villages in southwest New Mexico. The site straddles a large arroyo flowing from the western flanks of the San Andres Mountains, just north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Students will participate in all phases of archaeological fieldwork, including site survey, excavation, mapping, and laboratory analysis.  Transportation to and from the site included.  Field school also includes a two-night camping trip to Chaco Canyon.  Students will earn 6 credit hours upon completion.  Course fee $800 + tuition.  International and non-NMSU students welcome!  Las Cruces housing options available. Please contact Dr. William Walker:

Argentina - Uspallata Field SchoolThe Uspallata Valley Archeology Project is a unique opportunity for students to investigate the site Cerro Tunduqueral. This site has Mendoza’s densest concentration of rock art (more than 400 designs) but we know very little about the people who made these enigmatic engravings. To look for answers we will excavate a nearby rock shelter and compare it to excavations at a second rock shelter in the mountains to the east. The deepest levels of these sites may shed light on the valley’s early occupation, which dates back to over 13,000 years, and includes the region’s earliest human occupation. Students participating in this field school will discover how hunters and gatherers moved around the landscape, how agriculturalists tapped into its rich soils, how pastoralists took llamas to pasture in secluded mountain valleys, and how these people confronted the Inca empire. The Inca’s massive territorial expansion from Cuzco ended in Uspallata, the empire’s southernmost Andean occupation. Join us between June 12th and July 16th. For more information, visit our website at

Brazil - Claudio Cutiao Field School – The Amazonian Interfluvial Archaeological Project began in 2014, exploring human occupation in a little known ecoregion of the Amazon – the headwaters of the river drainages. Going off the beaten path into the depths of the Amazon has been nearly impossible. As such we know little about cultural relationships and boundary lands for large regions of the Amazon. The 2016 field season will involve mapping and excavation at the archaeological site of Claudio Cutião. Our primary research objective for this season is to determine the site boundaries and its internal variability. Due to the perishable nature of building materials in the Amazon, there are no visible architectural features on the surface or below. But local soils have been enriched by organic waste and human actions and created distinct phenomena called ‘terra preta’ (‘black earth’) soils. We will examine site organization based on variations in these 'terra preta' soils as well as the distribution of artifacts. Join us between July 3rd and July 31st. For more information, visit our website at

Bulgaria - Apollonia Pontica Field School – Ancient Apollonia Pontica (present-day Sozopol, Bulgria) is one of the earliest towns on the Western Black Sea coast. The city was founded by Milesian colonists at the end of the 7th century BCE. As a result of intensive trade with the surrounding Thracian tribes and the Greek poleis Apollonia became one of the richest and most prosperous Greek colonies in the Black Sea region in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic period. It was famous in the Ancient World for the colossal bronze statue of Apollo - the patron deity of the town, erected in front of the god‘s temple. The excavation team lead by Dr. Krastina Panayotova conducts excavation on the small St. Kirik island (connected with the mainland with a breakwater way), where the earliest settlement of Apollonia arose and where later the sacred precinct (temenos) of the town was built.  In the 2016 season students will address important questions concerning the continuity of religious activity at the site.  We will continue exploring the evolution of the island from its early settlement to a later Christian religious center. The team plans to trace monumental wall foundations excavated in 2014 and 2015 and to search for remains of a propylaeum that most probably was situated in the currently excavated area. The excavations will take place in the periphery of the temenos and will search for remains of cult practices that probably were conducted there. Join us between June 26th and July 24th. For more information, visit our website at

Bulgaria - Bresto Field School – The Bresto Excavation Project is located in the mountains of southwestern Bulgaria. This project explores a fortified settlement from the second half of the 2nd millennium BCE. Bresto was founded during the decline of Troy and the fall of both the Hittite Empire in Anatolia and the Aegean palatial civilizations. After the collapse of these polities, new kinds of networks emerged in the Aegean, where former “fringe” areas became important hubs for the exchange of objects, ideas, and practices. Only 80 miles away from the Aegean Sea, Bresto presents many challenges for excavations, including complex stratigraphy. The site is protected by two large fortification walls, one of which has vertical offsets similar to the slightly earlier fortification of Late Bronze Age Troy. An international team of scholars from Bulgaria, Germany, and the US is currently attempting to better understand the story behind Bresto and its place in the transition from the Bronze to the Iron Age. The excavation conducted for the last four years shows that despite Bresto’s location in a marginal mountain valley, economic and social life flourished at the site during the 13th–11thcentury BCE. The 2016 season at Bresto aims to address important questions about Bresto’s economy, political structure and its relationships to the landscape – both physical and cultural. Join us between July 26th  and August 23rd.  For more information, visit our website at

Macedonia & Bulagria, Ceramic Conservation Field School (bi-national program) – This unique field school allows students to conduct research in two different European countries: The Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria. It is focused on conservation and restoration of ancient pottery and glass.  This program consists of two parts: (1) examining Roman Pottery and Glass in The Republic of Macedonia; and (2) examining Ancient Greek Pottery in Bulgaria. Students will work with pottery recovered from two emblematic sites on the Balkans where the field school takes place: Apollonia Pontica- an ancient Greek colony on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, (present-day Sozopol). And Stobi- a Roman and Byzantine city in Central Macedonia. The Workshop’s main goal is to provide students with comprehensive training and hands-on experience in pottery and glass conservation. All of this while exposing students to a unique intercultural experience in two South-East European countries. This field school will support archaeologist’s effort to preserve, restore, and exhibit valuable artifacts from collections recovered from both sites. Excursions to important historical sites in Bulgaria, The Republic of Macedonia, and Greece, will provide cultural context and an invaluable perspective regarding the objects studied. Join us between June 4th  and July 9th . For more information, visit our website at

Bulgaria - Ilindentsi Field School – Ilindentsi is located on a high terrace at 250-253 m above sea-level just at the foot of the Pirin Mountains - the third-highest range on the Balkans. The site (with vertical and horizontal stratigraphy) occupies almost three hectares, where the prehistoric cultural layers lie immediately under the topsoil (10 to 20 cm). During the previous seasons (2004-2009 and 2011-2015) archaeologists unearthed remains of Early and Middle Neolithic settlement structures and features. Research at Ilindentsi aims to address these findings by investigating more nuanced patterns in the archaeological record. Our goal is not only to explore migration routes and reasons for European Neolithisation, but also the type and history of interactions between different groups in the Balkans. Looking at Neolithic groups and farming communities will allow students to dig deeper into these groups interactions specifically examining their technology as well as their economic and social organization. In 2016, students will work on excavation of both Neolithic structures and the pits discovered during the previous seasons in order to address these research questions.  Join us between June 12th  and July 10th . For more information, visit our website at

Bulgaria - Pistiros Filed School – Between the 5th and 3rd century BC, an Ancient Greek emporion called Pistiros, thrived in Thrace Valley. The emporion was a major port for trade relations between merchants from the Greek coastal cities Maroneia, Apollonia and the island of Thassos and Thracians under the supreme protection of the Odrysian kings. Trade contacts are evident through numerous imports such as Attic red-figured and black-slip pottery, amphorae (mainly Thassian) and coins (e.g. several hoards of copper, silver and gold coins) found during the excavation of Pistiros. Since annual excavations started over 25 years ago, the emporion has been brought back to some of its former glory, exposing an Eastern fortification wall, paved streets and stone building foundations. The goal for the 2016 season is to continue the excavations of the South-Eastern sector of the site. In this specific location next to the fortification wall there is a higher concentration of cult artifacts and features (pits, clay cult altars, etc.). Throughout the field school, students will learn about a range of materials and cultures of Thrace and the Mediterranean, unlocking the secrets of Ancient Greek trade. Training on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Photogrammetry of epigraphic monuments and small finds  found in Pistiros will  supplement the excavation program. Join us between July 26th  and August 23rd. For more information, visit our website at

Bulgaria - Tell Yunatsite Field School – In 1976, regular annual excavations begun at Tell Yunatsite, located near the modern village of Yunatsite, Northwestern Thrace, Bulgaria. At this time, approximately one third of the tell has been excavated, yet sterile soils have not yet been reached. What archaeologists have uncovered is that the tell is very rich with archaeological materials and has an extremely unique stratigraphy. There is a medieval cemetery at its top, followed by a Roman period level, two Iron Age levels, one dated to the Early Bronze and finally a thick Chalcolithic layer. It is unknown if the cultural history of the tell ends at the Chalcolithic or whether older human occupation layers exist. In the 2016 season archaeologists and students will seek together to discover why and how one of the earliest protourban centers in Europe emerged in the beginning of the fifth millennium BCE, and what caused its devastation 800 years later? Join us between June 26th  and July 24th. For more information, visit our website at

British Virgin Islands - Guana Island Field School – This unique field school opportunity located in the Caribeean will investigate the events of Free African Communities and the lives of the African-descended peoples of the British Virgin Islands. Even after the 1838 emancipation in the British colonies, former slaves faced incredible obstacles. Many of these stemming from race-based legal restrictions aimed at keeping the economic and political slavery-era status quo intact.  All of these contexts were important for the cultural life of the Caribbean, but they have received little study by historical archaeologists, who have tended to focus on large sugar plantations. In addition to being important in their own right—having a “story” which deserves to be told and is little-recorded in historic texts—the goals of this multi-year, multi-site project are to evaluate the creative cultural negotiations of pre-emancipation free and quasi-free communities. The goal and responsibility of this field school is to give voice to their story and highlight their contributions to BVI and Caribbean society which were silenced by history. Join us between June 5th  and July 2nd. For more information, visit our website at

Canada - Fort Vermillion Field School –This field school is located in northern Alberta, a terrain that is stunningly beautiful. Here students will be investigating Fort Vermilion and other settlements dating back to 1799. These studies will examine the establishment of the Canadian based North West Company (NWC), which created trade posts from Lake Athabasca up the Peace River to today’s Fort St. John, British Columbia. Fort Vermilion is an ideal site to investigate the geopolitical, social, and cultural dynamics of the fur trade. The site still promises much to be uncovered, as minimal research campaigns have been carried out at the site since its discovery in 1998. These excavations revealed stratified layers of occupation, making it one of the first stratified fur trade sites ever identified in Alberta. By applying insights gained through archaeological, anthropological, and historical research, the current expedition is shedding new light on the people that lived and traded there. Join us between July 24th  and August 20th. For more information, visit our website at

China - Yangguanzhai Field School – The prehistoric village of Yangguanzhai (YGZ) dates to the Middle to Late Yangshao period (4,000-3,000 BCE), and it is one of the largest of its kind. The site is located in the Jing River Valley, approximately 25 kilometers north of the ancient city of Xi’an in northwest China. YGZ has a moat, a row of cave dwellings, subterranean houses, child urn-burials, and extensive pottery kilns. In the coming 2016 season, the project will continue working in the northeast portion of the site. There are multiple possible excavations that we will undertake including: refuse pits, a potential large building and a nearby child urn burial, and the cemetery adjacent to the settlement. In addition, students will gain experience in experimental archaeology and will make pottery knives, as they were found in large number at the site. In order to gain a better understanding of the overall settlement system of the region, we will also conduct survey work at the nearby Neolithic sites of Manan and Huiduipo. Join us between June 19th and July 23rd. For more information, visit our website at

Colombia - Ciudad Perdida Field School – Ciudad Perdida is one of the most mysterious archeological sites in the world. Hidden deep in the Columbian jungle, this site is only accessible by foot and requires a three day trek. Ciudad Perdida is the largest in a network of Tayrona sites, polities that inhabited the Sierra Nevada for more than a millennium and up until European contact (CE 200-1,600). Relationships between Ciudad Perdida and other sites are still unclear and this project is focused on clarifying temporal, cultural, political, and economic connections within this network. The 2016 season will focus on excavations at three sites located less than half a mile away from Teyuna - Ciudad Perdida's core area. These sites form an intricate web connected via flagstone pathways (Sites G-1, G-2, and B-201). It is also highly probable that students will conduct survey work at a site located 2 miles upriver from Ciudad Perdida known as “Tigres”.  There is still much to be discovered among these sites and this season's targeted excavation aims to aid us in understanding the construction sequence and functional relationships between them. During this field season, students will also have the opportunity to contribute to essential conservation work at a number of structures that have collapsed and need rebuilding. Local site expert Eduardo Mazuera will lead these efforts working alongside the park’s archaeological conservation team. Join us between June 8th and July 8th. For more information, visit our website at

Colombia - Providecia Island Field School – The Providencia archaeological project is the first-ever historical archaeological excavation of New Westminster.  Providencia was first colonized by English settlers in 1630 CE under the direction of the Providence Island Company.  Participating students will focus on discovering the material aspects of the multicultural interactions and exchanges between the different groups on this tiny Caribbean island.  Based on the historical record, the supposition is that the material culture of the islanders should reflect English lifeways. The degree of influence of Dutch, Spanish, African, and Amerindian cultures, however, must not be discounted. The small size of the island (only 39 km2) suggests that intercultural contacts and exchanges were a daily occurrence. Historical records indicate that the rivalries on the island were intense. English indentured servants frequently found common cause with enslaved Africans, often to the point of fleeing with them off the island. Several other alliances are also mentioned in the extant historical documents, but the material dimensions of these connections are unknown - There is still much to be discovered at this site.  The 2016 season aims to investigate and document the house types and the material culture of the island’s colonists. Additionally, we aim to compare these with contemporaneous structures and artifacts found at sites in Bermuda, Massachusetts, and Jamestown, Virginia. Join us between Jully 19th and July 23rd. For more information, visit our website at

Ethiopia - Shire Field School – Located in the Shire region of Northern Ethiopia, this field school will allow students the opportunity to excavate a site which is virtually unexplored. This site is located near the ancient capital of the Aksumite Kingdowm (first to sixth century CE) Mai Adrasha, located 50 KM west of Axum. The site, the region, and its complex cultural heritage, provide important information on the sub-Saharan counterpart of the Greco-Roman world. This societies economic base of agriculture and trade resulted in close contact with the North, and an adoption of early Christianity. The research area consists of almost 100 km² and is located east of the modern city of Inda Selassie. The Shire Archeological Project concession comprises of extensive ancient remains dating from the prehistoric to the medieval period. It includes two large sites, Mai Adrasha and Mezaber Adi Menaber. During the 2016 season, students will work in Mai Adrasha, a site under thereat of destruction due to continuing panning of natural gold by the local population. In addition to survey and intensive excavations, students will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach and assist with crucial site management.  Join us between November 13th and December 17th. For more information, visit our website at

Greece - Methone Field school – Human activity in Pieria ranges from the Late Neolithic (3,500 BCE) through Hellenistic (330-150 BCE) periods. The Ancient Methone Archaeological Project explores the dynamics of landscape and landscape change, with a focus on sea level changes and related shoreline shifts. Integrated geophysical and geomorphological investigations are aimed at reconstructing the palaeoshoreline that defines the location and extent of the port of ancient Methone. This is crucial information that will help guide and focus plans for the broader study of the Haliakmon Delta – a unique environment linking riverine and coastline transport/communication routes to regional models of landscape evolution. The third and final season of excavations planned for 2016 will complete exploration of 6 trenches with Bronze Age burials, Archaic and Classical manufacturing contexts. Field school students will be involved in examining the relationship between the site’s ancient history and industries to its strategic location and port, its unique natural resources, and their economic exploitation. Students will divide their time and training between outdoor field work, labwork, and ecofact floating and sorting. Join us between July 31st and September 10th. For more information, visit our website at

Ireland - Blackfriary Summer Field School (Sessions 1 & 2)The Blackfriary Community Archaeology Project is a unique, hands-on opportunity for students to excavate the buried remains of a 13th century Dominican friary in the town of Trim, County Meath, Ireland. This project focuses on the remains of the Black Friary, and has three primary components: excavation of the friary buildings, community archaeology, and bioarchaeology. Excavation of the friary buildings aims to determine their scope and layout as well as the associated infrastructure, such as drains, water management features, and gardens. By ascertaining who was buried at the Black Friary, where they were buried and when, the bioarchaeological research will inform our understanding of the long-term relationship between the local townspeople and the friary.  This program offers two summer sessions. Join us for Session I: June 5th –July 2nd Or Session II: July 10th -Aug 6. For more information, visit our website at

Ireland - Spike Island field School – This field school is part of an ongoing research project that examines the archaeology of the 19th century prison on Spike Island, Ireland’s Alcatraz. During this period dealing with criminals by means of long-term incarceration was new frontier. In Ireland and Britain, long-term confinement only became the dominant means of punishment and social control in the mid-19th century. The architecture of many of the purpose-built prisons from this period reflect their new ideas about the redemptive nature of isolation, discipline and work. The physical isolation of prisoners was not possible on Spike Island because it was originally an early 19th century fortress which was only converted to a prison in 1847, at the height of the Great Famine. The prison was tied into the global reach of the British imperial system of power as in the early years of its operation, it was one of the main holding centers for Irish convicts transported to Australia and to Bermuda. In the 2016 season, we will focus on establishing the location of the burial ground used in the prison’s first decade. Join us between June 12th and July 16th. For more information, visit our website at

Israel - Tel beth Shemesh Field School – Since the beginning of modern explorations of the ancient ­Near East, Tel Beth-Shemesh attracted great interest. Its long sequence of occupational history has yielded significant data about local cultural histories, trade and the evolution of local agricultural practices.  During the Late Bronze and Iron Ages, Tel Beth-Shemesh was located at the geographic meeting point of three different ethnic and cultural groups (Philistines, Canaanites and Israelites), making it an ideal site to investigate ancient geopolitical, social, and cultural dynamics at a border zone. This summer our excavation team will concentrate in the northern area of the site in order to explore cultural diversity, continuity, and changes from Level 4 (10th Century BCE) down to Level 9 (13th Century BCE). We began to reach the top of the Late Bronze Age destruction layer at the end of last season (2015) so this year will be especially exciting. Within and under this 13th Century BCE destruction layer we expect to find fired mudbricks, complete ceramic vessels, some of which will likely contain charred plant remains, and many artifacts still preserved in their primary context. We will be excavating in an area of the site where we discovered a very large palace from the el-Amarna Period (14th Century BCE), which may have been the seat of a (female!) monarch who ruled the walled Canaanite city and its environs. Join us between June 11th and July 9th. For more information, visit our website at

Italy - Prane Siddi Field School – Pran'e Siddi, or the Siddi Plateau, is a high basaltic plateau located in the south-central part of the island of Sardinia. The area around Siddi was inhabited by prehistoric villagers beginning in the Neolithic period (ca. 4,000-3,200 BCE). During the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 1,700-1,450 BCE), the previously egalitarian people began to develop a hierarchical social system with an elite who expressed their power and prestige through the building of monumental stone towers called nuraghi. By 1450 BCE the elite sites on the Siddi Plateau were abandoned and the population moved away. Previous archaeological work in the area suggested that the Nuragic elites may have been using unsustainable agricultural practices to gain wealth and support their power. The Pran'e Siddi Landscape Project was formed to conduct a more thorough investigation of Nuragic climate, environment, land use, and economic practices in the Siddi region. In 2016 we will dig deeper into what kind of pressures – social, environmental, and/or economic – could have made the Nuragic people abandon their towers on the plateau. Many of the questions we are trying to answer can be addressed through careful analysis of the remains the Nuragic people left behind, including pottery, animal bones, and bone, stone, and ceramic tools. During the Pran’e Siddi Landscape Project Laboratory Experience, students will contribute to ongoing research by analyzing animal bones, pottery, artifacts, and sediments recovered from the region in previous years. Join us between July 10th and August 13th. For more information, visit our website at

Italy - Case Bastione Field School – The Case Bastione field school is located in Sicily within the Western Erei uplands in the valley of the Morello river, a tributary of the Southern Imera river. It is a large settlement which dates from the Late Neolithic to the Bronze Age. This project examines the time span from the 6th millennium to the 1st millennium BCE. This time period covers human presence on the Erei upland, from the beginning of the Neolithic Period to the contact between the local indigenous communities with Greek settlers established along the Sicilian coasts in the 8th-7th century BCE. Through this unique opportunity students are able to participate in an ongoing, large scale research project, co-directed by Dr. Enrico Giannitrapani and Filippo Iannì. This project studies the cultural and social dynamics of human occupation of the Erei upland. Participating students will engage in excavation of the various collapsed layers that cover the beaten clay floor; they will record all the archaeological features encountered, using cutting edge photogrammetric techniques, including digital and 3D systems. Students will also be able to work in the laboratory, washing, cataloging and recording all finds recovered from the excavation. Join us between July 3rd and August 6th. For more information, visit our website at

Jordan - Dhiban Field School – This field school offers students the opportunity to excavate in one of Jordan’s most important historical sites. Tall Dhiban is located 40 miles south of Amman and 12 miles east of the Dead Sea. A mound of more than 30 acres in area and 130 feet in height, Tall Dhiban contains a fascinating record of some 6,000 years of human occupation. The Dhiban Excavation and Development Project (DEDP) has been working since 2004 to both understand it’s rich and complex archaeological record while preserving and developing this record as an economic and heritage resource for the future. The story of Dhiban is one of “boom and bust”, of rapid settlement growth and equally rapid contraction.  Excavations in 2012-13 uncovered a large domestic structure from this period that had been burned with its contents in place.  In 2016 we will excavate this large house, and document the rich record it contains of life in the 6th-7th centuries CE. Join us between July 14rd and August 18th. For more information, visit our website at

Macedonia - Stobi Field School – The Roman city of Stobi was strategically located at the meeting of two important ancient roads that ran along the rivers Axios and Erigon. This position brought Stobi long-term prosperity, especially in the period between the 1st and 3rd centuries CE. The 2016 field school season will focus on the most representative, residential building in Stobi – Theodossian Palace - located at the center of the Roman town, between the streets of Via Principalis Inferior and Via Principalis Superior. The building, which is richly decorated with mosaics, was given its name under the assumption that the emperor Theodosius I was housed there during his visit to Stobi in 388 CE. Work on the palace will continue as will efforts made to investigate the space between the palace and an adjacent building, now called “the Jail” as numerous human remains with their hands tied were found there. The temporal and architectural relationships between the two buildings are unclear, and this season will be dedicated to exploring this important issue and the architectural history of Stobi. Training on Photogrammetry of architectural remains and large archaeological features in excavated units at the site will supplement the excavation program. Join us between June 26th and July 24th. For more information, visit our website at

Nicaragua - El Rayo Field School – For the past 15 years, archaeologists have excavated sites along the shore of Lake Cocibolca in search of archaeological evidence for Mexican colonization. This field school will continue this quest through investigations at the site of El Rayo, the most significant site for studying the potential impact of outsiders on indigenous cultural traditions. This research project will continue a longstanding program from the University of Calgary, working in close collaboration with regional institutions including the National University of Nicaragua and Mi Museo in Granada. The core theoretical perspective focuses on the interpretation of culture change, especially ethnicity, in the centuries leading up to the Spanish Conquest in 1522 CE. As such, the results are of fundamental importance to developing claims of cultural identity by existing indigenous groups in the region. Fieldwork will consist of excavation of residential mounds where evidence of household activities and human remains has previously been observed. Students will work alongside experienced Nicaraguan archaeologists as well as Canadian and American teaching assistants. Additional 2016 field experience will include surveying to map the excavation area and relate finds with those from previously excavated areas, and field drawings of excavation units and profiles. Join us between June 30th and August 4th. For more information, visit our website at

Peru - Sondor Field School – At the Andahuaylas Bioarchaeology field school students will have the opportunity to investigate the enigmatic fate of the Chanka society of ancient Peru. The Chanka emerged in the Andean highlands around 1000 CE. Today, they are well known through Colonial-era documents and oral history as vicious warriors, who were ultimately vanquished by the Inca Empire in the early 15th century. But what became of Chanka society after their spectacular defeat? This project, situated at Sondor, the premier Inca-Chanka site in the region, employs a full spectrum of bioarchaeological methods to reveal the biological and social consequences of "growing up Chanka” in the face of Inca imperial conquest. The 2016 course is designed to expose students to a broad range of anthropologically informed research. Participating students will participate in excavations and laboratory analyses and learn how archaeological data is collected and processed. Students will also develop the skills needed to interpret multiple data sets and test working hypotheses. At the conclusion of this field school, students will be able to run an excavation unit and engage in comprehensive skeletal analysis. Join us between June 25th and July 23rd. For more information, visit our website at

Philippines - Ifugao Field School – The Ifugao Rice Terraces are UNESCO World Heritage monuments that attest to the ingenuity and communitarian management of Cordilleran people of Luzon in the Philippines. Once thought to be over 2,000 years old, our recent work has demonstrated that the upland rice field systems in the region were responses to the social and political pressure from intrusive Spanish colonization into the region starting at c. AD 1600. To determine the impacts of Spanish colonialism on Philippine highland populations, the 2016 field season of the Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP) will focus on the Old Kiyyangan Village, an abandoned settlement in the town of Kiangan, Ifugao. The IAP’s primary research goals are: 1) to document highland political and economic responses to colonialism by looking at the development and expansion of the Old Kiyyangan Village; 2) to determine subsistence shifts and health and diet by examining botanical, faunal, and human skeletal remains; 3) to investigate the process of increasing social differentiation through the examination of exotic goods; and, 4) to understand how the Philippine highlands resisted Spanish colonialism by exploring settlement patterns in Ifugao. Join us between June 20th and July 24th. For more information, visit our website at

Senegal - Bandafassi Field School – In 2012 the rolling hills of the Bandafassi Plateau in southeastern Senegal became part of a UNESCO World Heritage site recognizing both the natural beauty of this landscape and the cultural heritage of Bassari, Bedik, Peul, and Mande people living there today. Although local villages appear to preserve a “traditional” way of life, many historical accounts suggest that this region has long been a crossroads for powerful kingdoms and vast trade networks that shaped political, economic, and cultural life in West Africa over the past 2000 years. The goal of the Bandafassi Historical Landscape Project (BHLP) is to study such processes and identify the temporal and cultural changes the region experienced and that are shaping it today. The BHLP 2016 field school will undertake an archaeological, anthropological, and historical study of this landscape, with particular focus on the village site of Ethiowar Ancien occupied during the 18-19th centuries CE. It is during that crucial period when political conflict, migration, and interactions among numerous ethnic groups contributed to the emergence of the complex cultural mosaic seen today in southeastern Senegal. . Join us between May 19th and June 22th. For more information, visit our website at

Spain - Cova Gran Field School – Cova Gran de Santa Linya (Lleida, Catalunya) is a rock shelter located at the seam between the first range of the southern Pyrenees and the Ebro Basin. The cave is rich with evidence of human occupation dating to at least as early as 50,000 years ago and continuing through the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Investigation at the site will allow us to recognize both the evolution of hunting and gathering strategies in the region and recognize important differences between Neanderthals and Modern human adaptive strategies. The deep archaeological sequence at Cova Gran contains animal bones, hearths, and Middle and Upper Paleolithic artifacts. The presence of Early Upper Paleolithic layers in stratigraphic context enable careful examination of two competing models that explains Middle/Upper Paleolithic “transition”: the first suggest continuity and the second suggest population replacement. This program will combine lectures, field survey, excavation and laboratory training. The long human occupation sequence at Cova Gran will provide students with the rare opportunity to explore and document an extensive cultural sequence of the region, beginning ca. 50,000 years ago. Join us between June 26th and July 30th. For more information, visit our website at

Spain - Civil War Field School – In this field school students have the opportunity to participate in the historical and ongoing "Battle for Madrid” research study. This is part of a long-term project examining the archaeology of conflict in Spain, covering the civil war (1936-1939) and the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975). The project aims to understand the social experience of institutional and non-institutional violence and political repression using material culture as its main source. The project, which started in 2006, has examined a variety of war and postwar scenarios, from battlefields to social housing. The Spanish Civil War is the perfect place to understand modern mass violence through its archaeological signatures. The 2016 season intends to deploy a variety of state-of-the-art archaeological techniques to document and analyze the remains of the war and postwar period in and around Madrid. This project excavates literally and metaphorically the myths of the Spanish Civil War that captured the worlds imagination and those of the dictatorship that followed. Join us between June 30th and July 31st. For more information, visit our website at

Tunisia - Zita Field School – The site of Zita is an urban mound located in southern Tunisia and situated along an ancient trade route from Carthage to Tripoli. Identified by a Latin inscription as the Roman city of “Zita” (“Olive City” in Punic) it contains a Carthaginian child sacrifice precinct (tophet). This is a lab based field school - this means that we will not be excavating. We will, however, be engaging in several technical and analytical projects that provide a rare opportunity for student participation. In addition to 1) analysis using portable X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (pXRF) of environmental soil and industrial artifacts and 2) the bioarchaeological recovery of sacrificial remains both described in the next paragraphs, students will engage in 3) ceramic drawing, and 4) experimental archaeology and ethnoarchaeology of traditional olive charcoal production, perhaps also traditional plaster production, and if there is a harvest, traditional olive collection and processing. The work will be conducted in the storage facilities of the Zarzis Museum, on site, and in the villa where we live. Join us between August 1st and September 1st. For more information, visit our website at

Turkey - Boncuklu Field School –  The Boncuklu project is investigating the appearance of the first villages and farmers in central Turkey. At Boncuklu we are also exploring the origins of the remarkable symbolism seen in paintings and reliefs at the nearby famous Neolithic town of Çatalhöyük. The course will take place at the Neolithic site of Boncuklu, dating to c. 8500 BCE, the earliest village in central Anatolia and the predecessor of the famous Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük. The site is located in the Konya Plain in central Turkey, 40 kms east of the major city of Konya, a famous Medieval centre where the ‘whirling dervish’ sect was founded by the Medieval philosopher Celaleddin Rumi. There are many medieval buildings of the Seljuk period to visit in Konya, a booming city. The field school also includes visits to other sites and museums in central Turkey including Çatalhöyük, the Hittite capital Hatussas, the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara and the dramatic Neolithic site of Aşıklı, with evidence of repeated rebuilding of houses and an experimental village. Aşıklı is located about 3 hours east of Konya in Cappadocia, also famous for its underground cities and painted medieval churches which there will thus be an opportunity to visit. Join us between July 17th and August 20th. For more information, visit our website at

United Kingdom, Milfield Field School – The Milfield Basin in Northumberland represents one of the most fascinating and under-studied Neolithic ceremonial landscapes in the whole of the British Isles (4000-2200BCE). In this field school students will have the opportunity to participate in an onging research project historically comparable with those at famous sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury. Milfield contains a Neolithic monument complex of unrivalled complexity, with at least seven henges, two stone circles, a ceremonial ‘avenue’ pit alignments, and carved rock-art.  The Milfield Landscape project aims to examine the full range of these monuments, and place them in their landscape context.  This will be achieved through direct excavation, environmental sampling and landscape recording. Join us between July 31st and August 28th. For more information, visit our website at

United Kingdom - Penycloddiau Field SchoolThis field school offers students a unique prehistoric excavation opportunity, from a spectacular hillfort location. At 21 hectares, Penycloddiau hillfort is one of the largest pre-Roman Iron Age sites in the UK, and the biggest hillfort in Wales. It is located on the Clwydian hill-range, in North Wales and at 430 meters above sea level, the site provides spectacular views over coastal western Britain. The 2016 season will provide students with a solid understanding of the full range of practical and professional skills involved in the archaeological process. Through our excavations at Penycloddiau, we intend to discover when and why people first began to join together in these very large community-level groups.  Our research will focus on the stratigraphy of the architecture, and its meaning for the evolution of community organization, social change, and everyday life at Penycloddiau and beyond. Join us between July 17th and August 13th. For more information, visit our website at

United Kingdom - Ribchester Field School – The village of Ribchester – nestled in the heart of Lancashire's beautiful Ribble valley – has a long and important history. The village itself dates back to the Roman period when an auxiliary cavalry fort was established on the north bank of the river Ribble. The fort, built in approximately AD 72-3, was built in a similar style to most Roman forts. But Ribchester is particularly unique because of it’s unusually large Vicus (the town just outside) which allowed it to function as a Veteranorum for retired solders. This new project will revisit Ribchester through exploration of the archaeological archives requiring significant excavation. Its primary objective to explore the evolving use of the interior of the fort and its changing relationship with the Vicus. To that end in 2015 the team opened a large 30m by 10m trench just inside the fort’s north gate, opposite the granaries and where it is believed the barracks were located. The trench revealed the remains of a clay floored building, where the presence of a hearth, kiln fragments, slag, and glassworking refuse hint at a workshop. Adjacent to these findings, a dark soil deposit yielded a wealth of evidence for activity within the fort, including lead weights, metalworking slag, and the majority of the 22 Roman coins found on the site this year. The remains suggest the fort’s role had changed, but it was still in use at the end of the Roman period. All of these features will be excavated in 2016. Join us between June 15th and July 18th. For more information, visit our website at

United States, California - Windwolves Field School  – Located in the heart of interior South-Central California, the Wind Wolves Preserve lies at the interface between several rich habitats and contains some of the most spectacular examples of Native American paintings found anywhere in North America. Since 2005, we have been investigating rock-art, habitation, and special-purpose sites throughout this region. In 2016, we will continue this work throughout the preserve with particular focus on the only known Chumash Cache Cave having extensive perishable material remaining in situ. We will be conducting excavation both within and outside the cave in order to answer crucial questions about the function and meaning of this important site. Students will be introduced to a range of archaeological methods and practices, including portable XRF use and 3D laser scanning.  Join us between June 13th and July 17th. For more information, visit our website at

United States, Illinois - Cahokia Field School – This field school will take place at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Illinois. Cahokia Mounds is located near modern day St. Louis, Missouri, and dates back to the 11th-14th century CE. It is the largest Native American city north of Mexico. Participating students will be a part of this new research project focusing on the role of water in the creation and organization of social space.  This project targets a residential area between two aboriginally constructed water features. We will be excavating three features, an early residential house, a late compound wall, and a possible special-use building that likely dates to the later part of Cahokia’s occupation.  The overall project goal is to obtain a better understanding of the importance of water to residential and religious life during Cahokia’s formative years and its decline. Join us between June 19th and July 23rd. For more information, visit our website at

South Australia - Maritime Archaeology Advanced Practicum: Marine Geophysics This field school is held at Flinders University.The topic will provide students the opportunity to study marine geophysics for archaeology in both theoretical and practical application. The topic will be delivered with specialist support from Dr Paul Baggaley who has over a decade of experience in developing the industry-leading geophysics team for Wessex Archaeology (Paul and his team have carried out over 100 maritime archaeology projects in the United Kingdom). Students will benefit from lectures and will be introduced to data processing and interpretation, which they will carry out under supervision. Students will become familiar with a professional workflow and specialist software familiarization. Students will also participate in an offshore survey (weather dependent) to acquire data over a historic shipwreck. They will then have the opportunity to review and interpret that data as part of this intensive four-day practicum. For further information please contact Dr. Jonathan Benjamin  

Advanced Practicum in Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University - This topic is a practicum which provides students with opportunities to participate in the workplace environment. Occasionally, maritime archaeology fieldwork opportunities arise in which students may assist government agencies, consultancy firms, non-profit groups, or other universities. This topic provides students with the ability to participate in these projects and receive one-on-one guidance and instruction with immediate feedback on their performance. This practicum will allow students to put their theoretical learning into practice, develop a sense of the workplace, enhance their employment prospects through additional training, build a network of contacts, and develop a range of personal and professional work skills. For more information and future field studies with Flinders University, visit

Tree Field Studies - Tree Field Studies is a small organization specializing in providing world-class educational and research experiences to students from all over the world. Tree Field Studies, has been dedicated to the education of students in tropical ecology, conservation and animal behavior. Our teaching faculty has extensive experience teaching and doing research in the Tropics. Over the years Tree Field Studies has taught classes in Costa Rica, Panama and Tanzania. Our students have seen what few people ever get to see: wild undisturbed rainforest. They have observed macaws at close range, collected Jaguar scat for Panthera, tracked monkeys, identified poison-dart frogs and caught glimpses of Tapirs. The founders of Tree Field School have a strong commitment to the local community; manifesting each year in community development projects, educational support for local students and aid to local and international researchers. In addition to providing excellent training for future scientists in the areas of ecology, conservation and animal behavior, Tree faculty and staff enable students to visit areas within country for both educational and recreational purposes. Students have visited volcanoes, cloud forests, coral reefs, and beaches. They have relaxed in hot springs, swum in water-filled extinct calderas, and sped through the forest zip lining. Please feel free to contact one or all of us if you are interested in attending one of our courses: Dr. Lorna Joachim:, Tel: (505) 710-4007; Mr. Israel Mesen Rubi:; Dr. Grainne McCabe: Website:

Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Field School - The Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Field School is a collaborative research project with Tongva/Gabrielino tribal members, the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy and California State University, Northridge. The field school is a Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) certified. In our seventh year, the field school provides students with practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, lab and cataloging methods while immersing them in the 9,000 years of prehistoric maritime history of the Tongva/Gabrielino nation. Students will also learn about how to apply cultural resource laws to public sector archaeological work. Situated just off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island was historically an important trading supply outpost for Southern California and beyond. The field school is part of the on-going Pimu Catalina Island Archaeological Project (PCIAP), which is working to assess and protect archaeological sites on Catalina. Please contact Wendy Teeter at or at (310) 825- 1864 if you would like to participate. For More Information See:

Mayan Ethnographic Field School in Guatemala – Participating in secret ancient indigenous rituals on cliff-tops, hunting exotic medicinal plants in forests, and projects to conserve cultural traditions are all part of the adventure. This summer abroad program gives an intimate hands-on glimpse into another culture, discover the colorful world of the mountain indigenous K'iche Maya. Stretching across a region of Guatemala's stunning, beautiful highlands, volcanoes, this course explores the dynamic interactions of human societies. Our program includes homestays with K'iche Mayan with the welcoming extended Leon family as well as Mayan ceremonies, saunas, medicinal plant treatments, Mayan festivals, as well as learning indigenous weaving and artwork. Concurrently, through course activities, assignments, & individual projects, students develop practical skill & experience in anthropological fieldwork. Co-director Adelphi University Anthropology Professor Douglas London has two decades of experience working with the Maya in Guatemala. Co-Director Taxa London is Kiche Maya, a human rights author and artist. Among others we will visit ancient Maya cities and ruins and Antigua one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the Americas. For details interested students should email Professor Douglas London at dlondon@

Bioanthropology field school on the island of Astypalaia, Greece - Astypalaia is a small, beautiful island in the Aegean Sea which in Classical times was an independent city state.  The field school is based on a unique archaeological site – the largest ancient children's cemetery in the world, with at least 2800 burials dating 750 B.C. to A.D. 100.  Students learn the specialist skills required to excavate, record, identify, conserve, measure and catalogue the tiny bones and teeth of young children.  Project director: Dr Simon Hillson, UCL Institute of Archaeology, University College London. For more information please visit

Oregon State University Archaeology and Geoarchaeology Field School - The Oregon State University Archaeology and Geoarchaeology Field School will be returning to continue excavation of early Western Stemmed Tradition components (possibly dating to 11,410 radiocarbon years old) at the Cooper's Ferry site. During this eight week session, students learn state of the art excavation and recordation methods, including the use of total station surveying instruments, 3D scanning of excavation features and stratigraphy, wireless digital data entry of finds, and portable x-ray fluorescence devices.  This year, we'll also bring our new Geoprobe coring rig into the field to provide students with an introduction to the study of geoarchaeological records at landscape scales from cored stratigraphic sequences. For more information, visit our website at:

NCSU Seven-week Ethnographic Field School, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala - Learn how to design, conduct, investigate and write-up your own independent project while living with a local family on the shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Throughout the seven and a half week program, you will learn about the Maya while developing skills in ethnographic fieldwork as you carry out your own research project. Whether you are an undergraduate, a graduate student, just finished college, learning how to collect data and talk to people is beneficial not only for those in anthropology, but also for those in many other majors, including sociology, international studies, public health, history, education, textiles, natural resource management, business and management, sociolinguistics, political science, psychology, design and civil engineering. Anyone interested is encouraged to apply, especially students interested in topics such as development, environment, globalization, social justice, tourism, conservation, language, development, poverty and health. Not sure how your interests may fit into the topics listed Contact the program Directors, Tim Wallace ( and Carla Pezzia (, to discuss potential opportunities for your areas of interest. Each student may choose any topic for his or her independent research project. Service learning opportunities are also possible. Visit the Guatemala Program website for more information and photos from previous years. 

Adelphi University Department of Anthropology - The Adelphi University Department of Anthropology welcomes applications from graduate and undergraduate students interested in Anthropology or related disciplines. Taught by experienced faculty with student-instructor ratios among the lowest available, these programs emphasize a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. This summer Adelphi University is offering three archaeological field schools and a new course in Maya ethnography. In addition to our undergraduate programs in the Susitna valley, we also offer an advanced course in the middle Tanana valley of interior Alaska, and our longstanding bioarchaeological field school on the Island of Crete. For more information on any of these programs, please visit us online at

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Archaeology Field School - Located on Prevost Island with travel to other Gulf Island sites, the field school will be partnered with Parks Canada and local First Nations. Courses taught within the field school are Anthropology 343 and Anthropology 344. Instructor will be Eric McLay, PhD Student UVIC. More information here.

The Sanisera Field School - We are an Archaeological Field School which, year after year, expands its courses by offering students the opportunity to work and discover renown sites which present Classical Archaeology from different countries, where they can carry out their practices focused on specialized fields of knowledge that are related to their University degrees. We are not only in Spain, but we also have courses in Greece, Bosnia, Croatia and Italy. We offer students more than 20 courses in terrestrial archaeology, underwater archaeology, biological anthropology, GIS and film. For more information, visit our website at

Field School for Bio-archaeology Huari-Ancash Project - Our Project is focused in the area of Ancash, in the Peruvian Highlands and has been active since 1997. The Field school has been running since 2004. The aim of this archaeology and bio-archaeology field school is to learn of the lifestyle of the pre-hispanic population in Peru Highlands. Our project revolves around funeral aspects and ancestral cults. We are undertaking archaeological excavations in order to obtain information which helps us understand these subjects.The project is supported by Instituto de Estudios Huarinos under direction of Bebel Ibarra, a researcher in the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University. More information can be found visiting:

Globalization and Community Health Field School in Costa Rica - For the past 13 years, the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida has offered the “Globalization and Community Health Field School” in collaboration with the Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica.  The field school is unique in its interdisciplinary approach that brings together the fields of Anthropology and Civil and Environmental Engineering to address health related issues in rural Costa Rica.   Students  receive intensive cross-disciplinary training in quantitative and qualitative methods and conduct guided field research while living with local Costa Rican families.  We have two concurrent programs: one for undergraduate students which is supported by an NSF REU grant and one for graduate students.  The NSF-REU covers most program expenses and offers participating undergraduates a weekly stipend.  Here’s a link to a video made by our 2013 REU students For more information, please visit

Ethnographic Field School in Belize - This course immerses students in Belizean culture and trains them in contemporary anthropological field methods. Students will gain valuable research skills (e.g., ethnographic interviewing and qualitative data analysis) to apply anthropology in their future careers (e.g., applied anthropology or other social/behavioral discipline), an appreciation for Belizean cultural diversity, and further their personal growth. While in Belize, students will be primarily engaged in guided applied ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn about the local culture by doing participant-observation and conducting ethnographic interviews in a community-based research project. Students will learn research ethics, unobtrusive observation, participant observation, field note writing and coding, ethnographic and life history interviewing, ethnolinguistic data collection, community mapping, rapid assessment procedures, qualitative data analysis, and other ethnographic methods in addition to basic ethnographic writing. More information can be found by visiting  

The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri, Italy - The Ohio State University and the University of Pisa will offer a field school in archaeology and bioarchaeology in Tuscany, Italy. The program is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical experience in archaeological excavation and bioarchaeological investigation by working side-by-side with leading researchers in the field. The field school welcomes both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in anthropology. For more information, visit our website at

The Ecuador Field School Programs in the Department of Anthropology at Florida Atlantic University have operated courses for anthropological and archaeological training in methods for undergraduate and graduate students since 1997. Over the past fifteen years the program has trained approximately 250 students from FAU and universities in the U.S., Europe, and South America. The Ecuador Field Programs (both ethnography and archaeology) are part of a long-term anthropological research and training project focused on understanding the southern Manabí regional development of coastal Ecuadorian culture from 5,000 years ago to the present.  Emphasis in both programs is on gaining experience with field methods, working with local populations, and producing field reports. More information on the Ecuador Field Programs can be found at:

Dmanisi Paleoanthropology Field School (DPFS) is a four-week field course in paleoanthropology at the site of Dmanisi, Georgia. It starts in the last week of July and continues in August. DPFS is a combination of theoretical course work and practical training. By the end of the course students will choose a research project and prepare a final presentation. Students will build up the teams, work with each other and the field school faculty to finalize their project presentation, which they will present on the final day of the program. Students will have an opportunity to take part in offsite excursions to other historical and prehistoric sites of interest in the Dmanisi region. For more information, please send inquiries to:

Qualitative Social Science Field Methods in La Paz, Bolivia - 6 week program (late May-June) led by two faculty members with extensive research experience in Bolivia. The program focuses on research design and execution, with classroom components in the morning at the Universidad Católica Boliviana and fieldwork modules in the afternoon for the first four weeks, then there are two weeks of independent fieldwork, research, and writing on a project of the student's own design (performed in consultation with the faculty members). All students receive IRB approval for their research prior to arrival and can use their data in later theses. The Field School is offered for graduate or undergraduate credit (6 hours). All students (graduate or undergraduate) receive in-state tuition per the University of Mississippi's Study Abroad policy, regardless of state of residence.

Thailand Ethnographic Field School - The Thailand Field School is an 11-week (late May-early August) ethnographic research training program, which will take place in an ethnic minority sub-district in Northern Thailand where Hmong, Mien, Lua, and Northern Thais reside. The goal of this program is to give students mentored research field experience. Students will conduct field work on their individual projects under the mentorship of the directing faculty, or may work to collect and analyze data on the directing faculty's current research projects. Students will also receive in-field training on ethnographic research design and methods. This program is based in the BYU Anthropology Department. Students receive 9 credits of research-oriented coursework. This program can accommodate both undergraduate and graduate students. More information, including photos of past field schools, can be found at:

OSA Field Institute Centro de estudios para cultura, ciencia y conservacióCenter for Culture, Science and Conservation - More than a field site, more than a project! Participants can explore numerous opportunities in field research, field experiences, ecotourism, adventure tourism and experiential learning. The Osa Field Institute was established in 2014 as an independent, non-profit academic and research organization in Costa Rica dedicated to providing interdisciplinary hands-on field experience opportunities. Check back frequently for updated field programs. For information,

2016 Nautical Archaeology International Field School at Northwestern Michigan College - June 13 - June 26, 2016 Continuing its reputation as a leader in archaeological education in the Great Lakes, Northwestern Michigan College in partnership with North Central Michigan College will host an archaeology field school in 2016. This two week event will be held will be held on the main campus of Northwestern Michigan College between June 13th and June 26th. The field school will consist of taught courses, the supervised excavation of an early historic homestead and the archeological survey of an associated historic pier. Advanced students will have the opportunity to participate in the remote sensing survey of another area in Northport Harbor, located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. The goal of this landscape survey is to locate the remains of several historic shipwrecks that are known to have occurred in this area. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in either terrestrial or nautical archaeology to gain experience excavating and surveying historic sites in the Great Lakes region. The first week of the field school consists of the supervised excavation of an early historic homestead (The Dougherty House) and guided tour of a major prehistoric site in the region. The second week consists of introduction to foreshore and underwater archaeology along with the supervised survey of a contact period pier, located in the shallow waters of Old Mission Harbor. A series of day-long specialty courses will be offered throughout the field school on topics such as: archaeological surveying, artifact typology, excavation, flint knapping, Native American settlement in northwest Michigan, using a total station and remotely operated vehicles. These courses are open to anyone interested in the topics and no previous experience is necessary. A variety of tuition packages and on-campus housing is available. For more details please visit:

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Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History   offers four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and at an off-site collections facility. Students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data.  Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. 

The School for Field Studies (SFS)  Provider of environmental field study abroad programs for American undergraduate students in Australia, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania and Turks & Caicos Islands.

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