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July 5, 2018

 

You can now search for field school opportunities through the AnthroGuide database! 

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 Liz Myers, AAA's AnthroGuide coordinator to discuss options for promoting your school.

As part of the AAA’s new Comprehensive Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault, we now require field schools and other research experiences advertised on our website or through AAA-supported social media, draft and make available on demand a code of conduct prohibiting sexual assault and sexual harassment. Appropriate reporting mechanisms for those who do experience or witness sexual harassment or sexual assault will also be required.

AnthroGuide schools:

Archaeology of Modern Ireland (Skibbereen)

Description: The University of Maryland will run The Archaeology of Modern Ireland Field School from May 25 to June 29, 2019. The field school explores the material history of the Irish Diaspora in and around Skibbereen, County Cork, an area that is infamous as a metaphor for the impacts and horrific sufferings of the Great Starvation. Through archaeological investigations, archival research, and interviews with local historians of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre and members of the local community, students will receive extensive and intensive experience learning about the Irish Diaspora, socio-cultural change in Ireland over time, and the experience of Irish immigrants internationally. Applications are due by March 1, 2019. For more information, please visit https://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/education-abroad/program/11224

Archaeology Southwest/University of Arizona Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School

Description: The Archaeology Southwest/University of Arizona Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School is now accepting applications for our 2018 field season at the 14th-century Gila River Farm site in Cliff, NM.  Qualifying undergraduates will receive a stipend from the National Science Foundation's REU program to support their attendance.  Applications are due March 5, and the field season is May 28-July 5.  For more information please see our website, www.archaeologysouthwest.org/field-school

 Archaeology on The Hill 

Description: The Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland invites you to be a part of our 2018 archaeological field school! Come be a part of researching the history of a 200-year-old African-American community that has invited us to be a part of preserving their heritage. The intensive, six-week field school devotes eight hours daily to on-site archaeological excavation, research, and community engagement. This summer, we will be excavating in Easton, Maryland. We will focus this year on an 18th-century free African American home that is part of a 200-year-old community. Students will learn excavation methods, stratigraphy, use of the 3D Laser Scanner, laboratory skills such as ceramic identification, and will also develop skills in relating the past to diverse audiences as we put together an interpretive public program to conclude the field school. This is a chance to take archaeology out of the classroom and see what it is really like.

Bioarchaeology in Croatia I:

Description: This is an intensive osteology and bioarchaeology lab methods course in Croatia offered in cooperation with the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb. This is a course offered through Mississippi State University listed as Human Osteology (AN4313/4316) and can be taken at either the undergraduate (4313) or graduate (6313 level). It will run from May 13-June 15, 2019. In addition to learning the skeleton, there will be a focus on bioarchaeological methods such as age at death and sex estimation and the analysis of trauma using the amazing collections at the Institute. You'll also get to live in beautiful Zagreb for a month and explore one of the most beautiful places on earth on weekends. I’ve arranged for guest speakers focusing on molecular methods, culture history, and Croatian identity and conflict.  Mario Novak and Ivor Jankovic have also arranged for a visit to a local hospital to see imaging in action, a guided trip to the Krapina site and museum, and a tour through the Archaeological Museum Zagreb. To apply, follow the link (Bioarchaeology in Croatia I) and instructions on the website. Non-MSU students are encouraged to apply! 

Bioarchaeology in Croatia II:

Description: This is an excavation based field school, offered as Mississippi State University’s class AN 3510 (6 credits). It will take place from June 14 through July 15, 2019 in Đurđevac, Croatia at the site of Sošice. This is a multiperiod site, spanning the medieval through early modern periods consisting of a multiple construction phases of a church and associated burials. Excavations have been conducted under the auspices of the Muzej Grada Koprivnice in Đurđevac during (2015-2018). We will be working with the museum and several Croatian students to complete excavation of burials interred in the church foundations. In addition to the architectural and extended burial excavations, students will be exposed to excavation of commingled remains from the burial fill. Students will live and work together as a group while gaining experience in the methods of archaeological field excavation, burial excavation, and will have a special focus on GIS mapping and photogrammetry. Students will have multiple guest lectures covering local culture history and archaeology, and a guided tour of the Krapina Neanderthal site and an active archaeological site near Pozega. To apply, follow the link (Bioarchaeology in Croatia II) and instructions on the website.

Bioarchaeology in Croatia I&II:

Description: There is a third option, Bioarchaeology In Croatia I&II. If students are interested in gaining both osteological and field experience, they can enroll in both courses. The I&II option is set up as a separate program that will mean a single application fee for the students. If they choose this option, they will transition with me from Zagreb to Đurđevac on June 15 and begin excavations the next day! To apply, follow the link (Bioarchaeology in Croatia I & II) and follow the instructions on the website

Center for Archaeological Investigation at Southern Illinois University

Description: The SIUC field school is currently  being held at two historic period sites this year, a French and American fort known as Ft. Kaskaskia (1731-1807) and Miller Grove (1840-1930) a freed slave African-American settlement established prior to the Civil War. Ft. Kaskaskia played a role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition with 11 of the expedition men recruited from the fort garrison. Miller Grove is believed to have played a role in the Underground Railroad, assisting runaway slaves on their journey north. Students will be instructed in excavation and mapping methods, remote sensing techniques including the use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) and gradiometric instruments, and other skills as part of this six week long six  credit course.  Detailed information regarding the field school including cost can be found on the SIUC Department of Anthropology web site at http://cola.siu.edu/anthro/undergraduate/field-school/.

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Coastal Ecuador Archaeology

Description: The Florida Atlantic University archaeological field program in Ecuador is in its 22nd year of operation. The program’s explicit attention is to the goal of creating field archaeologists and it incorporates a multinational and multidisciplinary team of investigators.  It is oriented towards providing intensive and comprehensive training in archaeological field methods and interpretation as well as a module on human remains.  Besides excavation and survey training, the program includes weekly lectures that focus on the process and theory of archaeological research and the prehistory of coastal Ecuador. The field school area of interest is the southern Manabí province, Ecuador, and fieldwork takes place at cloud forest sites.  Program runs June 22 – August 4, 2019.  Please visit http://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/anthro/archfield.  For more information or contact Valentina Martinez (vmartine@fau.edu).

Coastal Ecuador Ethnography

Description: This program provides students with an opportunity to carry out ethnographic research on village life in a coastal Ecuadorian village in southern ManabÍ Province. Participants have the latitude to focus their studies on topics that they find interesting in the field, although students are encouraged to explore topics that are meaningful to the local community and its efforts and development goals. Program runs June 22 – August 4, 2019.  Visit http://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/anthro/ethnfield for more details or contact Michael Harris (mharris@fau.edu).

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Description: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center offers field school programs for high school, college undergraduate, and graduate students. Learn the fundamental techniques of archaeological site identification and recording, excavation, and basic artifact processing and analyses. Evening programs, field trips, service learning projects, and attending public events expand on these essential skills and present real-world opportunities to learn about and practice archaeology. The field school is certified as RPA-5 by the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Visit our High School Field School and College Field School pages or email fieldschool@crowcanyon.org for more information.

Design Ethnography Certificate

Description: The Boise State University Online Design Ethnography Certificate helps prepare students for emerging careers in qualitative research and user experience research. The certificate facilitates hands-on experiences and applications of ethnographic methods in online classes offered every 8 weeks, with capstone project. Flexible options with single classes or intensive semester immersed in all courses. For more information see site or contact Dr. Kendall House or GA for the certificate.

Ecuador Andes-Amazon Ethnographic Field School, now in its eleventh year, is currently accepting application from 2018 (May 31-June 31). Appalachian State

Description: University's Department of Anthropology and the AppState Ethnography Lab lead this program which is split between a community on the shores of the Napo River, one of the main tributaries that create the Amazon River, and historic districts of Quito. This program will give students the opportunity to learn about indigenous culture and receive language training in Kichwa, by working with a community in the Ecuadorian Amazon, then returning to Quito to study cultural representation, architecture, and urban ethnography. See https://anthro.appstate.edu/research/field-schools/ethnographic-and-linguistic-field-schools/summer-2009-2018-ecuador.  We encourage anyone who is interested to contact the program co-director, Dr. Jon Carter, for further information, at carterjh@appstate.edu

Etzanoa Archaeological Field School Summer 2019

Description: Excavate at Etzanoa, the second largest known prehistoric archaeological site in the United States. The site dates to AD 1450-1700 and was visited in 1601 by a Spanish expedition. We are working in an undisturbed location that yielded a dense concentration of features and cultural materials in 2017. We will be hand excavating with shovels and trowels, with dry screening and flotation. We will be ground truthing remote sensing targets, using a total station, and using laser scanners for mapping. Students will gain experience in all aspects of field excavation and recording.

Etzanoa Microfossil Workshop Summer 2019

Learn how to collect, process, and analyze microfossils from archaeological contexts! This is a
skills-based course that has archaeological and forensic applications. Microfossils can reveal important
archaeological information concerning the environment, foodways, consumption patterns, and so much more! We will spend two days at the spectacular site of Etzanoa, integrating with the active research of this proto-historical Native American site. We will then take our samples into the Archaeology of Food Laboratory at Wichita State University to learn processing and analysis skills.

The Florence Ethnographic Field School

Description: The Florence Ethnographic Field School offers an ethnographic methods course for three undergraduate or graduate credits in Anthropology, onsite in Florence, Italy (after two online pre-departure meetings) during either June or July. Students will learn how methodological approaches reflect the principles of humanistic social scientific inquiry through engaging seminal ethnographic texts and current methodological resources, as well as conducting their own original research in a multiethnic urban fieldsite. Covering both practical and methodological aspects of ethnographic fieldwork, with a special focus on urban environments. students will be guided through using the core ethnographic techniques of sampling, participant-observation, field notes, interviewing, and how to develop lines of inquiry that build on existing scholarship. Readings draw on anthropology, sociology, and interdisciplinary Italian urban studies. Upon completion of the course students will receive a transcript from the University of Montana for ANTY 391/591 Urban Ethnographic Methods. Taught by Dr. Zachary Androus, a US anthropologist based in Florence for twelve years, this course offers a unique opportunity to work directly with a seasoned ethnographer who lives permanently in their fieldsite. Review of applications begins March 1. Final deadlines to apply are April 5 (June session) and May 5 (July session). More information, including a syllabus, can be found at www.florencefieldschool.com

Huari-Ancash Bio-Archaeological Research Project Field School 2019. Perú

Description: The aim of this archaeology and bioarchaeology field school is to learn of the lifestyle of the prehispanic 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 Asencios, Researcher of Department of Anthropology. Tulane University. For more information visit http://www.proyectohuariancash.org/projects.html or contact Margarita Brikyte at archaeology_huari.ancash@yahoo.com

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU)

Description:  We are pleased to announce a new National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) opportunity, sponsored by NSF, the University of South Alabama and Quinnipiac University – The Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems. Students accepted into the 8-week program (May 22-July 15, 2019) held at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, will learn to conduct hands-on research with archaeological human skeletal remains from Bronze Age Arabia, receive mentorship from guest scientists, and engage in public outreach.  Student travel (up to $450), housing, and field trip fees will be covered by the NSF, in addition to a $500/week stipend. Eight Fellows will be selected from the pool of applicants. According to NSF eligibility requirements, students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. The Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems project will focus on two large Bronze Age skeletal collections from the Umm an-Nar period (2700-2000 BCE) of the United Arab Emirates. An analysis of these skeletons presents an opportunity to examine the socioeconomic, political, and environmental circumstances in which populations in southeastern Arabia resisted stratification, adapted to environmental change, and negotiated their own identities. For more information about the project and REU (including the online application) check out our website (https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/syansw/anthropology/reu/research.html). The deadline is March 23, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lesley Gregoricka (lgregoricka@southalabama.edu) or Dr. Jaime Ullinger (jaime.ullinger@qu.edu).

 New Mexico State University’s Anthropology Department

 Description:: For summer 2019, the NMSU Archaeological Field School will be held at South Diamond Creek Pueblo (SDCP), located in Gila National Forest/Wilderness from May 22nd-June 28th(6 weeks). While working at the site, students will stay at Beaverhead Workstation and commute from the workstation to SDCP every day. They will also take a camping trip to Chaco Canyon. Students will gain experience in excavation, mapping, and laboratory analysis. The cost is 6 credits of tuition plus an $1,200 course fee. Applications are due March 22, 2019. Please email Dr. Fumi Arakawa with questions and for the field school application at farakawa@nmsu.edu

Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy

Description: (July 8 to August 5, 2018). This is a Rutgers University Study Abroad summer program that endeavors to teach undergraduate and graduate students archaeological field skills and methods. At the end of the field school students earn either 6 or 3 Rutgers credits. For 2018 we will be working on the Roman-era villa site (ca. 100 BCE to 200 CE) near the village of Vacone, ca. 50 km north of Rome. For more information see our website (http://fieldschool.rutgers.edu) or contact Prof. Gary D. Farney (gfarney@rutgers.edu).

Šalitrena Field-school in Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic Archaeology

Description: A field-school opportunity in Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic Archaeology, offered by The University of Winnipeg in collaboration with The National Museum, (Belgrade) and Belgrade University is now available. Open to upper undergraduate and graduate students, the field-school will take place at the Šalitrena cave, with the Mousterian to Gravettian Paleolithic sequence in the vicinity of Valjevo, Serbia. Please contact the University of Winnipeg, Department of Anthropology, for more information and applications. Spaces are limited and most will be filled by the March 1st, 2018 deadline. Students applying before that date have a greater chance of getting into the course but we will accept students until the course numbers are filled.

Smiths Island Archaeology Field School

Description: Now entering its seventh season, the Smiths Island Archaeology Field School has trained dozens of students in excavation and research methods and prepared them for graduate study. Besides investigating a variety of 17th and 18th-century sites ranging from a 400-year old early settlers’ house to a quarantine hospital, students learn about the early Modern Atlantic World from an island at its center. Students are involved in all aspects of fieldwork, including excavation, artifact identification, documentary research, mapping, photography, and 3D digital modeling. Through readings, exploration, tours of local sites and even an experimental archaeology practicum, students will learn about Bermuda’s extensive history and the process of Americanization. During the 2018 season (May 27-June 24), we will extend excavations near Oven Site (c. 1615) to find the main manor house, continue digging a military and civilian quarantine site, and survey four new sites at the island’s western bay. Prior archaeological experience or knowledge of early American history is not required. Undergraduate and graduate students will earn four college credits, which is included in the $4250 program cost.

Siouan Project Field School

Description: Join UNC–Chapel Hill Research Laboratories of Archaeology’s Siouan Project Field School in historic downtown Hillsborough, North Carolina, between May 15–June 20, 2019. Excavations will be based at the Wall site, a Native American town occupied by ancestral Shakori and Eno Indians (tribes local to the Chapel Hill area) in the 1500s and early 1600s, just prior to the arrival of European settlers. This field season continues the RLA’s long-standing Siouan Project begun in the 1980s to understand how Native Siouan-speaking peoples living in what is today central North Carolina responded to European colonization. We are currently accepting applications from prospective students. For more information and an application form, visit https://archaeology.sites.unc.edu/siouan-project-field-school or contact Dr. Heather Lapham at hlapham@unc.edu.

UConn Battlefield and Contact Period Archaeology Field School

Description: The UConn Battlefield and Contact Period Archaeological Field School (May 21 - June 29, 2018) will include training in standard archaeological field survey and excavation, artifact conservation, cataloging, identification and analysis of 17th Century material culture, archaeobotany, radiography (X-ray), and analysis of primary sources.  Training will also be provided in research and field methods specific to battlefield archaeology including use of military terrain models, metal detecting survey, and GPS/GIS applications.  The field school provides a unique opportunity for students to work on a nationally significant collaborative research project alongside tribal members, archaeologists, and military historians.  For more information, please contact Dr. Kevin McBride at kevin.mcbride@uconn.edu

UMass Amherst Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology Field School

Description: The UMass Amherst Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology field school incorporates innovative teaching methodologies, state-of-the-art technology, and student-centered learning to create a unique field experience that prepares students for the job market, graduate school, or further study in related fields. This 6-week field course based in Amherst, Massachusetts introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist and forensic scientist in the excavation, examination, and interpretation of human remains. Throughout the course, students will learn how professionals work in the field, examine ethical issues and guidelines, and explore questions of what constitutes violence and how we recognize evidence of violence on human remains and material objects.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2019 Archaeology Field School

Description: The UNL Anthropology Department in collaboration with the Nebraska State Historical Society is offering a six-week field school in the scenic Sand Hills of central Nebraska.  This project aims to provide baseline data about past human use of this poorly known area through a combination of survey and excavation.  Students will learn how to 1) conduct a surface survey, 2) locate and map archaeological sites, 3) identify and document artifacts, 4) excavate archaeological sites, and 5) record soils, cultural strata, and features.  Students will also have opportunities to learn about and try their hand at various prehistoric technologies such as flintknapping, pottery making, atlatl throwing, and more

Western Illinois University (WIU) Archaeological Field School

Description: The 2019 Western Illinois University (WIU) Archaeological Field School will focus on survey and excavations at the Orendorf and Rice Lake Terrace prehistoric archaeological sites in Fulton County, Illinois.  Orendorf is a Mississippian village and mound group located on a bluff overlooking the Central Illinois River Valley, which has been found to comprise at least four distinct settlements, due to relocation of the village several times over a period of 150+ years.  At least two of the settlements were decimated by fire and abandoned with an amazing variety of artifacts left, frozen in time, on the house floors.  The Rice Lake Terrace site is located below Orendorf on the shore of Rice Lake, an Illinois River backwater lake.  Rice Lake Terrace has an extraordinary time depth, with Archaic (8000 BC - 500 BC), Woodland (500 BC - 1000 AD), and Mississippian (1000 AD - 1673 AD) cultures represented. Field strategies will include traditional survey and excavation methods as well as geophysical and aerial imaging technologies.  Lectures and laboratory processing/analysis sessions will also be provided.  While the excavations will be conducted on prehistoric archaeological sites, forensic archaeological field techniques, and special considerations for forensic evidence collection, will also be discussed and demonstrated.  For more information, visit http://www.wiu.edu/cas/anthropology/fieldschool/index.php.

Other resources:

Archaeology Fieldwork

Passport in Time

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Shovelbums

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Other schools:

 Institute for Field Research 

 Description: The Institute for Field Research (IFR) offers dozens of archaeology field schools across the world.  IFR field schools are intensive research-based programs, where students are part of research projects.  IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by leading scholars in the field

 Fieldwork Opportunities with DigVentures

Description: DigVentures is an innovative social enterprise committed to developing and delivering collaborative archaeology projects. Our projects are open to anyone, regardless of experience or whether you are enrolled as a university students. You can view current projects on DigVentures calendar

Caherconnell Archaeology Field School

Description: Caherconnell Archaeology Field School provides unforgettable archaeological experiences within the unique Burren region in Western Ireland, in partnership with the National University of Ireland in Galway.

OSEA — The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology

Description: OSEA — The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (since 2004) offers ethnography field school for undergraduates, graduate students and post-degree non-students.  OSEA offers Four and Six Week summer programs and an Intensive Maya Language Immersion program (FLAS eligible). Please contact Prof. Quetzil Castañeda for more information quetzil@osea-cite.org. Visit our website for information and our Facebook page for photos, student research, videos and current news.

The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology 

Description: Offered through the National University of Ireland, Galway, this is the only archaeological field school singularly focused on Ireland's prehistory

Center for American Archaeology

Description: Offers variety of programs for all ages.

Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History  

Description: 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. 

Achill Archaeological Field School

Description: (April 29 –August 30 2019). We run hands-on, accredited excavation and survey courses, with up to 9 Semester Credit Hours available from the National University of Ireland Galway. Our 2019 program will focus on the multi-period complex at Caraun Point on the northern coast of Achill Island. Caraun Point is a sand-covered peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. It is well-known for its rich archaeological remains, including an early medieval enclosure and fort, a burial ground for unbaptised infants, several shell middens, deposits of dog-whelk shells used in  purple dye workshops and a deserted village emerging out of the extensive sand dunes at the site.   In 2019, we will excavate the settlement and associated shell middens. This work will provide a significant insight into community life in the west of Ireland, as well as contributing to the development of a diachronic picture of settlement in sand-dune landscapes on the Atlantic littoral. For more information please contact Dr. Eve Campbell at info@achill-fieldschool.com.  Please also see the Early Bird Offers on our 6-8-and 12-weeks courses at: https://achill-fieldschool.com/early-bird-offers-2019/  Our Trainee Supervisor course offers a thorough grounding in archaeological methodology with participants gaining hands-on experience of managing an excavation.

Maya Archaeology in Belize Field Program

Description: The Maya Archaeology in Belize Field Program represents an excellent opportunity for students to develop or extend their field experience through practice in archaeological field techniques within a working archaeological site. Students will be integrated into the on-going research of the Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project (SCRAP); a unique chance to meet and work alongside associated investigators while experiencing a Maya site before large-scale excavations and consolidation have taken place. Along with instruction and practice in field procedures and techniques, this program will involve in-field lectures and trips to Maya archaeological sites and other attractions in the region.

 Cuba Ethnographic Field School – Summer 2018

Description: Cuba Ethnographic Field School – Summer 2018 combines courses in Contemporary Cuban Culture and Methods in Ethnography. Students will produce an audio-visual text (short film and/or podcast) about a topic related to the work of a Cuban scholar participating at CASCA-Cuba as well as conduct small-scale ethnographic exercises (observation, participant observation and interview) that will provide a concrete experience in conducting ethnographic fieldwork in a different cultural and linguistic context.

The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool

Description: This is not an ordinary field school - this is a ‘Training Field School’ where delegates learn about all aspects of archaeological excavation and receive hands on training and learning from archaeological professionals in the heart of Sherwood Forest. It is an opportunity for archaeologists of all backgrounds and experience levels to improve their skills and knowledge as part of a hands on learning excavation in the heart of Sherwood Forest. http://mercian-as.co.uk/fieldschool.html. The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool focuses on the hunting lodge and palatial enclosure of the King’s Houses, now known as King John’s Palace, and the designed landscape that surrounded it. King John’s Palace was the Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest in the Medieval period. The site was visited by 8 medieval kings of England from Henry II to Richard II. 

Recent Archaeological work by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC has helped to reveal the size and importance of the site, and has also interpreted the surrounding lordship as a ‘designed’ medieval romantic hunting landscape. The palace was sat at the heart of medieval Sherwood Forest and provided amenities for hunting, royal retreat, and the entertaining of foreign royalty and important members of society. As part of the field school attendees will have the opportunity to learn all about Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, outlaws, foresters, the landscape of Sherwood Forest in medieval times, the forest law, courts, offences and judiciary, the Palace at Clipstone, monasteries, chapels and hermitages, hunting parks, Nottingham Castle , Sheriffs and much much more about life in Medieval Sherwood Forest. For more information please see: http://mercian-as.co.uk/fieldschool.html

Adelphi University Late Pleistocene Archaeology Field School in Alaska

Description: Adelphi University Late Pleistocene Archaeology Field School in Alaska. Taught by experienced faculty with student-instructor ratios among the lowest available (3:1), this program emphasizes a range of experiential learning opportunities. Already have a field school experience but looking something more, we also offer advanced programs for graduate credit. For more information or to apply online visit http://anthropology.adelphi.edu/alaska.

Balkan Heritage Field School

Description: Discover the Balkans - Learn, travel, discover the past and support the cultural heritage with the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) programs in ARCHAEOLOGY, HERITAGE CONSERVATION and 3D DOCUMENTATION while making an unforgettable journey to the most ancient civilizations of the Old World. Choose from more than 15 programs in 4 European countries. Apply today: https://www.bhfieldschool.org/

Aditu Medieval Archaeology Field School 2018

Description: The Aditu Medieval Archaeology Field School is a research project investigating the origins of the medieval Sanctuary of San Miguel in Excelsis, at the top of the Aralar mountain in Navarre (Spain). Although previous excavations at San Miguel de Aralar have focused on the excavation of burials at the cemetery, the discovery of unusual and previously unknown structures associated to the Sanctuary in 2017 has led to the need for further investigation relating to the extent and purpose of these recently uncovered structures. This excavation will form part of the larger study of the population of this part of Navarre during the medieval period.

Aditu Osteology Summer School 2018

Description: The Aditu Osteology Summer School is a research project investigating human burials at the medieval Sanctuary of San Miguel in Excelsis, at the top of Aralar mountain in Navarre (Spain). The 2018 season will focus on the on-site analysis of the remains recovered from the medieval cemeteries of San Miguel de Aralar and Zamartze. Limited excavation will take place at the site to expose more architectural structures, while the Summer School will concentrate on post-excavation work in the field laboratories directly on the human remains recovered from the site.

CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods

Description: The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) is pleased to announce the 12th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, in New York City (July 22 to August 1, 2019). The goal of the 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 Blackfriary Archaeology Field School

Description: The Blackfriary Archaeology Field School is based in Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland, excavating a medieval Dominican Friary (founded in 1263) partly demolished in the 1750’s, and the associated cemetery. Finola O’Carroll MA MRPA has been directing the excavations since 2010. Dr. Rachel Scott, of de Paul University, Chicago, is the Principal Investigator for the bioarchaeology project. The site has produced a highly significant array of finds, including stained glass, ceramics, copper alloy objects and ecofacts such as animal bone and charred seeds. It is apparent that the cemetery served the townspeople, and continued in use into the post-medieval period and beyond.The site is publicly owned, and there is a strong community/public archaeology focus, which frames the work. We work with the associated BCHAP (Blackfriary Community Heritage Archaeology Project) to regenerate the space for community use and benefit and are closely allied to various local groups.The field school is accepting students for the Spring course and the summer courses. We also run an internship program. Trim is home to Ireland’s largest Anglo-Norman castle, which featured in the film ‘Braveheart’. For further information please contact info@bafs.ie

Adelphi University: Archaeological Anthropology in Crete

Description: This yearly summer project in Eleutherna-Crete, Greece, focuses on a four field anthropological perspective involving the excavation, recovery, and study of the human skeletal remains and funerary customs and practices at the burial ground of Orthi Petra, the lab analysis of the Aposelemis Neolithic burial ground skeletal collection, as well as technical field/lab drawing tutorials in archaeology, physical anthropology. Human ecology with emphasis in the botanical/medicinal use of plants since antiquity and the cultural dynamics of village and city life are studied (in Rethymnon, Heraklion, and Chania in Crete, and Oia in Santorini), local cuisine is sampled, museums and archaeological sites from Minoan to post-medieval periods are visited, and cultural events are attended (i.e. art exhibits, musical, dance, and/or theatrical events); for relative information visit https://youtu.be/jBuen9vjfps and contact Dr. A. Agelarakis (agelarakis@adelphi.edu).

The Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) Field School

Description: The Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) Field School is a summer undergraduate research program sponsored by Quinnipiac University and the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site program. Students accepted into the program will work with an international, multidisciplinary research team on the bioarchaeological analysis of a Middle Bronze Age cemetery in eastern Hungary. Student travel, housing, food, field trip fees, etc. will be covered by the NSF in addition to a $500/week stipend (total $3,000). Eight Fellows will be selected from the pool of applicants. Eligibility: students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Application Deadline: March 2, 2018 Field School Dates: July 3 - August 16, 2018 Field School Location: Hungary

PIARA Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Field School at Hualcayán, Peru

Description: PIARA offers an exciting field school course, Analytical Methods in Archaeology, where students focus their studies on a particular analytical specialty in addition to gaining experience in fundamental field and laboratory skills. Students will excavate monumental tombs and ritual spaces at Hualcayán (2400 BC–AD1450), as well as focus their studies on one of the following methodological concentrations: Bioarchaeology or Artifact Analysis. Students will also receive training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and 3D Photogrammetry. Students will thus gain exposure to a range of specialized methods that are shaping innovations in the field today. Participants will live and work with the rural Quechua/Spanish-speaking community of Hualcayán, and learn to ethically and respectfully conduct research on the remains of other people’s heritage through community collaboration. Hualcayán is located in the spectacular Andean highlands of Ancash, Peru. As part of the field school, students will travel to important archaeological sites and museums in three cities and visit stunning natural features likes high altitude lagoons and glaciers. Students may choose one of two sessions: June 25–July 23 or July 24–August 21, 2018.

Monte Falcone Archaeology Field School 2019

Description: Monte Falcone is a necopolis located on the steep slopes of a hill near Baucina - Sicily-Italy. You will have the opportunity to dig rock cut burials dated to the 6th - 5th centuries BC. A Sican settlement on the borders with the Greek and Phoenician world, you will be part of a team that will experience the thrill of digging a necropolis, you will dig, record and classify the grave goods. You will have the opportunity to improve your digging skills and learn how to draw pottery and upload all the evidence on an archaeological database for further studies. The pottery you will encounter will be mainly Sican/Elymian ware, Greek and Phoenician pottery. Training in GPS, GIS and CAD will be carried out on site as well in lab. The Field school is organized by Genesis Ciminna in collaboration with the University of Palermo. For further information and to apply please click on the following link: http://www.genesisonline.it/monte-falcone-archaeology-field-school-2019/

The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field (I.F.S)

Description: The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School, located on a small Mexican Caribbean island off the coast of Cancun, trains students not only in ethnographic methods and research, but also research proposal development and final conference and publication paper writing. Students conduct independent research focused on their personal and professional interests (Medical Anthropology, Environmental, Economic, Education, etc) and can participate in either the 8 week long Advanced Methods session or the 3 week long Methods Practicum. Contact director Dr. Todd Pierce for info: Info@AnthroFieldSchool.com

Kissonerga-Skalia Excavation, Cyprus

Description: In partnership with the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, HARP are running an archaeological field school in Cyprus from 1st July to 4th August; sessions are available for 2, 3, or 5 weeks.  Participants will be involved in researching, excavating and recording a Bronze Age settlement that was abandoned at the transition to the Late Bronze Age, around 1600BC. The settlement has areas of industrial activity with evidence of beer production and marine exploitation, being located 500m from the coast. The excavation will provide full training in archaeological excavation, site recording, and post excavation activities. For more information please visit the project website here: http://www.harparchaeology.co.uk/field-schools/kissonerga-skalia-excavation

Kildavie Excavation, Isle of Mull, Scotland

Description: HARP are running an archaeological field school on the Isle of Mull Scotland from the 12th to 25th August. Participants will be involved in researching, excavating and recording an abandoned, Post Medieval township, and surrounding earlier structures and monuments. The township was abandoned in the late 1700s, with many of the villagers leaving Scotland for North America.  Training will be provided in archaeological excavation, recording practices including technical drawing, photography, artefact recording, surveying, and community engagement/public archaeology. For more information please visit the project website here: http://www.harparchaeology.co.uk/field-schools/kildavie-excavation

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation & The College of William and Mary

Description: 2018 Field School in Historical Archaeology (Anthropology 225/425) Session 1: May 29—June 29, Session 2: July 2—August 3 The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in collaboration with the College of William and Mary will offer two sessions of a five week. (6 credit) course in archaeological field methods to take place in the midst of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. This year’s focus will be on the 18th-century pleasure garden and outbuildings associated with the Robert Carter House on Palace Green. Participants will receive intensive hands-on training in archaeological excavation, site recording, artifact identification and public interpretation. Participants can register for the field school through the College of William and Mary: https://www.wm.edu/offices/registrar/studentsandalumni/registration/whentoregister/summer/index.php For program information, please contact Mark Kostro at mkostro@cwf.org

 Off the Beaten Track field school

Description: Expeditions, research in applied anthropology, offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in ethnographic fieldwork and to explore anthropology’s core concepts. Since more than a decade, this enthusiastic team organizes the Off the Beaten Track field school, with annual summer sessions held in June, July and August. Participants indulge in ethnography on the beautiful Island of Gozo, one of the three inhabited islands of the Maltese Archipelago. While aimed at social scientists, the program is accessible for anyone with a genuine interest in ethnographic methods. 

Andean Action Research: Internship Opportunity/Field Training

Description:  July 8th – 25th 2018 The Center for Social Well Being www.socialwellbeing.org/swb/ celebrates 17 consecutive years providing our intensive field training course on interdisciplinary qualitative field methods that include Spanish and Quechua language learning in the Peruvian Andes. The combined undergraduate and graduate level seminar is held at the center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas, 7 hours northeast of Lima. Coursework provides in-depth orientation to theory and practice in field investigation that emphasizes Participatory Action Research methodology and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of SocioEnvironmental Sustainability and integrated Well Being in environmental, family and community spheres, that address civic and policy issues of Health, Education, Social Justice, Agrobiodiversity, Climate Change and Community Organization. Students actively engage in ongoing endeavors in local agricultural communities to develop effective social interaction field abilities and required language skills to carry out their own research, as well as for placement with appropriate community programs, if desired. Also included are excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes and hotsprings; optional recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. The training program tuition includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the rural center, as well as course materials.

The program is under the direction of Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D. and Field Coordinator, Flor de María Barreto Tosi, Ecologist. This year’s field assistant is alumnus Samuel K. Hulsey, Environmental Scientist, Middle Tennessee State University. Program Dates: July Field Seminar: Sunday July 8th – Wednesday July 25th   Application Deadline: April 20th 2018 For an application: phammer@wayna.rcp.net.pe OR socialwellbeing@gmail.com

Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction  

Description: 17 - 21 September, 2018.This topic provides students with the theoretical and practical training necessary for researching ships and ship construction. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of recording, representing and interpreting ship construction. Students should expect to learn nautical terminology, the basic components of a ship and activities aboard, principles of ship construction and rigging, procedures for taking and drafting ship lines and construction plans, hull analysis, procedures for graphic representation of hulls and principles of reconstructing ships.  This topic is challenging, demanding and hands-on; students are expected to participate fully in problem-solving exercises.

Advanced Practicum in Maritime Archaeology 

Description: 3 - 18 November, 2018.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.

Human Osteology  

Description: 29 October - 2 November, 2018. This is an intensive lab topic that provides students with a detailed introduction to the human skeleton. In addition to the identification of all components of the skeleton, students will learn the range of biological and chemical information that is recorded in the human skeleton. In relation to archaeology and forensic science, the topic provides knowledge regarding the location, identification, recovery, and analysis of human remains occurring in field contexts. Key information regarding biological age, sex, stature, geographic origin, behavioral attributes, and chronometric dating are addressed. Workshops provide the essential hands-on practical component of teaching and learning in human osteology.

Paleopathology of the Human Skeleton

Description: 2 Day Professional Development Workshop. 5-6 November, 2018.This is an intensive 2-day lab topic that provides participants with a detailed introduction to paleopathology. You will learn how to identify specific paleopathological diseases and skeletal traumas using skeletal remains. Each disease will include an overview of basic pathology explaining how and why it is visible on skeletal materials. Participants will learn the key principles of differential diagnosis of diseases and the key differences between anatomical variations and skeletal abnormalities. In addition, you will be able to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired to real skeletal materials in the workshops

The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts

Description: 5-9 November, 2018. An understanding of stone tools is critical in practicing cultural heritage management and undertaking archaeological research on Indigenous sites in Australia. This topic gives students skills in stone tool identification and analysis in practical laboratory sessions, combined with seminars that cover current research trends and advanced theoretical issues. It is suitable for students wishing to gain expertise in stone tool analysis and for cultural heritage managers requiring these skills in their professional practice.

Forensic Anthropology

Description: 2 Day Professional Development Workshop. 7-8 November, 2018. This is a 2-day intensive lab topic that covers all forensic applications of anthropology. Going beyond the traditional concepts of identification of skeletal remains, this course will explore the forensic applications of human variation to: identification from CCTV images, age estimation from images, facial reconstruction and facial superimposition. Participants will learn how to apply the theoretical methods of human osteology to forensic casework. This workshop will provide you with a hands-on approach to forensic anthropology.

Fort Massachusetts, Colorado

Description: Adams State University Archaeology Field School is continuing to excavate the site of the first U.S. military fort in Colorado (1852-1858).  The 2019 field season will be from June 17 through July 24.  Students earn 6 credits of undergraduate or graduate credit for a total cost of $800.  Training covers traditional and modern technological excavation techniques appropriate for prehistoric or historical archaeology.  Accommodations involve camping with some modern amenities provided.  Students provide and prepare their own food.  Kitchen and storage facilities are provided. For detailed information or to apply, go to:  https://www.adams.edu/academics/archaeology-field-school. For specific questions, email:  fortmass@adams.edu. To watch a video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVZ3G9cd1co&t=8s

Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeological Field School

Description: Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH offers hands-on training in field and lab methodology. This year, research will focus on recovering archaeological resources at the c. 1695 Sherburne House in advance of the house’s reinterpretation as part of Portsmouth’s Quadricentennial Celebration in 2023. This field school places a special emphasis on public archaeology and interpretation. The museum offers a field session (June 3-14) as well as a lab session (June 17-28). Students may choose either or both (the field session is not a pre-requisite for the lab session).  Applications are due by May 1 for scholarship consideration.  For more information, visit http://www.strawberybanke.org/fieldschool.cfm

Hands-on Anthropology: Role of the Ethnographer

Description: Ethnographic stories and accounts of the field can reveal sociocultural complexities and also the role of the researcher during the ethnography. However, we encourage you to ask during our summer school how do we construct a culturally sensitive story while maintaining scientific validity? We teach imaginative ethnography and storytelling through a hands-on practice of anthropology that you learn how to narrate social complexities, cultural variation and perplexities. During the course you learn to ask how objects become evocative? How human can stand in solidarity with nonhuman? How individuals shape groups? Please, contact Dr. Younes Saramifar (y.saramifar@vu.nl) for further queries or visit our dedicated website (handsonanthropology.org). You can apply for the school and tuition discounts here: https://bachelors.vu.amsterdam/en/summer-school/courses/handsonanthropologysessionone/index.aspx 

Maritime Archaeology on the North Shore - New England

Description: Join us for our 2019 summer field school from Aug 5 – 9.  SEAMAHP in collaboration with Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (MBUAR) will be running a hands-on archaeological program, as an accredited course through Salem State University.  (Look in their summer institutes for HST 305 - 91 “Topics in Public Archaeology” class# 1760).  The course will cover methods and practice of archaeological research, along with survey and documentation of historic shipwrecks and maritime sites on the shores north of Boston. In addition to methodological training and academic lectures, participants will get valuable experience with all aspects of fieldwork. Last year we began investigating a steamship wreck on Little Misery Island near Salem, MA. We'll be delving into the site again this summer, ferrying out to the island each day the tide allows. No prerequisite courses or diving skills are required for this beached wreck. Link to more info: go to SEAMAHP.ORG to check out our FAQs page on how to sign up.

Ethnographic Field School in Belize

Description:The Center for Applied Anthropology (CFAA) at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) organizes an annual ethnographic field school in Belize directed by Douglas Hume (Associate Professor of Anthropology) every June/July in collaboration with the NKU International Education Center - Office of Education Abroad and Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA). 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.

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