Field Schools

Field Schools

Links to Field School Opportunities

South Australia - Maritime Archaeology Advanced Practicum: Marine Geophysics This field school will be held at Flinders University, South Australia from November 18th - 21st 2014.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

India Ethnographic Field School:  Located in the beach-side city of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh State), the BYU field school welcomes applications for its semester-long programs in the Fall (August-December), the Winter (January -April), and Spring/Summer (May-August).  Enrollment is limited to 12 students (undergraduate and graduate).  Students receive 12 credits (a full semester), transferrable to their home institutions.  Cost:  $6,900 (includes tuition, feels, room/board, local transportation, language instruction, translation assistance, and academic mentoring.)  Students work directly with faculty members on projects that include (but are not limited to) medical/psychological anthropology; public health; village political systems; Telugu linguistics; kinship; South Indian religion; and ritual.  http://www.kennedy.byu.edu/isp/programs/country.php?c=ind

Oregon State Champoeg Historical Field School - The 2014 Oregon State University Department of Anthropology Historical Archaeology Field School will be held at the 1835-1861 Newell farmstead site located in Champoeg State Heritage Area.  The site is located in the central Willamette Valley near Newburg, Oregon.  The field school will begin June 23 and end August 8.  Participants will learn state of the art archaeological field techniques ranging from site survey strategies through full-scale excavation techniques. Training in archaeological laboratory techniques and historical materials identification will also be available.  You do not have to be an anthropology major or have any prior archaeological experience to participate on the field school. http://oregonstate.edu/cla/anthropology/2014-champoeg

Historic Archaeology Field School in Pennsylvania - In its sixth year, the Archaeology Field School is an intensive three-week program led by Archaeologist Dr. Lydia Garver at The Speaker's House, which was the home of Frederick Muhlenberg. The program runs Tuesdays-Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from June 10-28. No previous experience is necessary, and the program is open to anyone age 15 or over.  Participants will receive training in excavation techniques, record keeping, artifact identification, processing, cataloging, and classification. The Field School will focus on the area surrounding the original kitchen wing, built in the 1760s, including the foundation of the bake oven.  As part of their work, students will conduct shovel tests in an area where an authentic Pennsylvania German kitchen garden is planned. Optional field trips and guest lectures will also be offered. Students can earn three college credits for their participation in the Field School by enrolling through MCCC.  To learn more contact Dr. Lynn Swartley O'Brien at lobrien@mc3.edu or visit http://www.speakershouse.org/archaeology

South Australia: Rock Art Field School - This field school provides a unique opportunity for students to undertake community archaeology in Australia. Students will have the chance to learn practical archaeological skills while at the same time developing other practical and personal skills necessary to conduct archaeological research with Aboriginal communities. In particular, students will focus on the recording of rock art in its wider cultural and archaeological context. The field school will involve some seminars, but will mostly be directed towards in-depth practical recording skills necessary for rock art research in an archaeological framework. For further information, visit our website at https://stusyswww.flinders.edu.au/topic.taf?subj=ARCH&numb=3312&year=2014

South Australia: Human Osteology Laboratory Short Course - 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. For further information, visit our website at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/fieldwork/field-schools/human-osteology.cfm

South Australia: The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts - An understanding of stone tools is critical in practicing cultural heritage management and undertaking archaeological research on Indigenous sites in Australia.  This short course 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. This course will be held between the 22 September and 5 October 2014. For further information, visit our website at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/fieldwork/field-schools/archaeology-of-australian-stone-artefacts.cfm

South Australia: Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction - This short course 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.This topic will be taught in the intensive mode (one week 22–28 September 2014) and SCUBA diving qualifications are not required for participation. For further information, visit our website at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/fieldwork/field-schools/ships.cfm 

Queensland: Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum Gold Coast Wreck Conservation Project - This Field school is a practicum which provides students with opportunities to participate in the workplace environment and will be held from the 7th-19th of July 2014. 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. This topic will be taught in intensive mode during a full week, including two weekends, and will necessitate involvement and input from a range of maritime archaeology practitioners. SCUBA diving qualifications are not necessary for participation. The body of the topic will comprise practical exercises, field work and associated lecture/seminars. For further information, visit our website at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/fieldwork/field-schools/maritime-archaeology-fieldwork-practicum/maritime-archaeology-fieldwork-practicum_home.cfm

Northern Territory: Rock Art Field School - This field school provides a unique opportunity for students to undertake 'community' archaeology in Australia. It will be held from the 7th – 13th of July 2014. Students will have the chance to learn field-based archaeological skills, while at the same time developing other practical and personal skills necessary to conduct archaeological research with Aboriginal communities. In particular, students will focus on the recording of rock art in its wider cultural context. The field school may involve some seminars, and informal interactions with Barunga and Ugullar community members, and will also be directed towards in-depth practical recording skills necessary for rock art research in an archaeological framework. Students who have completed a previous Rock Art Field School are required to undertake this topic at a different site, and with a different Aboriginal community, than they have worked with previously. For more information, visit our website at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/fieldwork/field-schools/rock-art-field-school/rock-art-field-school_home.cfm

Northern Territory: Community Archaeology Field School - Community archaeology has an important focus on community participation, training, capacity building and outreach.  At Flinders University our Community Archaeology field school is often organised around community requests for assistance to document, record, preserve and manage important aspects of their local heritage. This field school will develop students' abilities to participate in community archaeology work in both an Indigenous and non-Indigenous context. Students will be required to employ skills to an advanced level, which may include those related to site and artefact recording, mapping, collecting oral histories, and ethical interactions with community members, as appropriate to the community archaeology context. For more information, visit our website at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/fieldwork/field-schools/community-archaeology-field-school/home.cfm

South Australia: Archaeological Field Methods Field School - The 2014 Archaeological Field Methods Field School (ARCH8801) will be undertaken at a local site in South Australia from the 10th-16th November 2014. The first two days of the field school will consist of lectures and practical exercises at Flinders University, however this will be followed by a further five days of intensive field work, where students will be able to apply their field skills to a range of real-world archaeological scenarios.  Spaces on this fieldschool are limited to 15 students and short-course participants, so if you are interested you should enrol soon. Enrolment requires permission from the topic coordinator, Dr Mick Morrison, and students should complete a FAQ in order to seek approval to do the topic. Short-course students are welcome to participate in the field school and should contact the Topic Coordinator for more information. The On-Campus Intensive: Lectures and practicals will be held between 8 am and 5 pm in the Archaeology Teaching Lab (HUMN 112) and students are required to be on campus for two full days. We anticipate 3-4 hours of lectures each day with the remainder being taken up by discussions, group activities and assessment tasks. We will have regular breaks during the day, including 1 hour for lunch. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided. For more information, visit our website at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/fieldwork/field-schools/field-methods/field-methods_home.cfm

South Australia: Archaeological Field Methods - This short course will be held from the 29th of September – 4th October 2014 and will provides students with an introduction to a range of basic archaeological surveying field techniques employed in a variety of archaeological contexts; these techniques are widely used throughout Australia and similar to those used internationally. It aims to bridge the gap between 'formal' archaeology lectures and 'hands on' archaeology and hence is focused around practical, skills-based exercises. They preparation for more advanced practicals taught in some of the second and third year archaeology topics (in particular it is required that students complete this topic before undertaking any of the upper level archaeology field schools). This topic is a core topic for all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Archaeology. It aims to: introduce students to field observational skills; introduce students to field note taking skills; introduce basic archaeological site surveying techniques; introduce basic archaeological fieldwork recording skills; assist students to develop basic skills in reading, understanding and interpreting site plans; assist students to develop basic skills in map reading, understanding and interpretation; develop students' ability to work successfully in a group. On completion students will be able to demonstrate: basic field observational skills; basic field note taking skills; familiarity with, and basic competency in, archaeological site surveying techniques; familiarity with, and basic competency in, archaeological fieldwork recording skills; basic skills in reading, understanding and interpreting site plans; basic skills in map reading, understanding and interpretation; the ability to work successfully in a group. For more information, visit our website at https://stusyswww.flinders.edu.au/topic.taf?subj=ARCH&numb=2106&year=2014&type=&aims=Y&fees=

South Australia: Indigenous Archaeology in Australia Field School - PLEASE NOTE that in 2014 there will be two options for students to attend the Indigenous Archaeology Field School in Ngadjuri Country: one between the 21-27 April and another between the 22-28 September. This field school is being run collaboratively by Flinders University and Ngadjuri people.  It is part of a larger and ongoing research project which has been recording sites in Ngadjuri country. The field school is designed to prepare students to undertake ethical and culturally sensitive research in Indigenous archaeology.  The skills that will be taught include research design, field survey, archaeological site recording, archaeological site excavation, ethical interactions with Indigenous groups, and aspects of heritage management. For more information, visit our website at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/fieldwork/field-schools/indigenous-field-school/indigenous-field-school_home.cfm

South Australia: Historical Archaeology Field School – In 2014 the Flinders University Historical Cemeteries Field School will be run as a four day intensive course from the 14th-17th of April. It is designed as a third year topic, ARCH 3308. The field school provides experience in historical archaeological field methods and will contain some lecture and workshop content, but will mostly be directed towards teaching students in-depth practical recording and assessment skills necessary for historical archaeological practice. The location of the field school will be based between Flinders University Campus and the West Terrace Cemetery in Adelaide. It aims to: develop field skills associated with the practice of historical archaeology; develop historical documentary research skills associated with the practice of historical archaeology; improve understanding of the relationship between excavation and analysis. On completion students will be able to: identify the professional skills required to conduct archaeological field work; classify and catalogue a selection of archaeological material; relate information provided in primary and secondary source material to an actual archaeological site and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of comparing documentary information with material evidence; demonstrated an understanding of the range of recording processes necessary on an archaeological field project; record this fieldwork process to an acceptable professional standard. For more information, visit our website at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/fieldwork/field-schools/historical-archaeology-field-school.cfm

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: lfjoachim@comcast.net, Tel: (505) 710-4007; Mr. Israel Mesen Rubi: isrmesen@gmail.com; Dr. Grainne McCabe: grainnemichellemccabe@gmail.com. Website: http://treefieldstudies.wix.com/treefieldstudies

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 runs from July 18, 2011 to August 15, 2014 and is 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 wendy.teeter@csun.edu or at (310) 825- 1864 if you would like to participate. For More Information See: http://www.pimu.weebly.com

Mayan Ethnographic Field School in Guatemala – June 1- June 21. 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@ adelphi.edu 

Bioanthropology field school on the island of Astypalaia, Greece - Wednesday July 9 to Monday August 11, 2014.  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 https://sites.google.com/site/astypalaiabioarchaeology/astypalaia-bioarchaeology

Archaeology Southwest / University of Arizona Preservation Archaeology Field School in Southwest New Mexico, May 28 – July 5, 2014 - Undergraduate and graduate students will learn excavation, survey, and analysis methods in a beautiful and archaeologically rich part of the American Southwest. Up to twelve undergraduate students will attend with financial support from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.  Our curriculum highlights Preservation Archaeology, which integrates research, education, and preservation within a community-based framework.  Students will actively participate in data collection that will contribute to Archaeology Southwest’s long term study of demographic change, migration, and community organization in the southern U.S. Southwest during the late precontact period (ca. A.D. 1200-1500).  For more information, please see www.archaeologysouthwest.org/what-we-do/investigations/salado/field-school/.

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 the summer of 2014 from June 23 to August 15th. 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: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/anthropology/2012-coopers-ferry

NCSU Seven-week Ethnographic Field School, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, May 23 - July 14, 2014 - 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 (tmwallace@mindspring.com) and Carla Pezzia (carla.pezzia@gmail.com), 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 to join any of our four 2014 summer field opportunities. 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 http://anthropology.adelphi.edu/explore/field-research-and-study-abroad.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Archaeology Field School - This year's field school in The Salish Sea, Gulf Islands of British Columbia will be held May 1-June 27, 2014. 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.

Tunisia-Zita - 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 also contains a Carthaginian child sacrifice precinct (tophet).  Our project is the first modern research expedition to be granted permission to work here.  For the 2014 season, we will continue with mapping the ancient city and its coastal and agricultural hinterlands.  We will also continue targeted excavation at the Roman forum and the Carthaginian sacrifice precinct to inform us on Zita’s cultural trajectories.  Finaly, we will document the socioeconomic, political, religious, and ecological realities of the local populations from prehistory to the post-Arab Spring using archaeological and ethnographic methods. For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/af/tunisia-zita

Uganda-Ntusi - Ntusi is a site covering an area of more than 100 hectares, situated in the grasslands of south western Uganda.  Occupied throughout the first half of the second millennium CE, Ntusi is the earliest archaeological site in the Great Lakes region of Africa demonstrating the development of centralized societies. The 2014 field school will seek to test current interpretations of the site by conducting excavation in new areas, applying new analytical techniques and exploring Ntusi’s relationship with its immediate hinterland. The main research focus will be on the northeast part of the site, which will establish the organization of space, the economic base and the date of occupation of the location. In addition to excavation, students will be involved in the recovery of palaeobotanical remains and the processing and recording of abundant assemblages of pottery and animal bone. A limited amount of field survey will be undertaken to identify sites for future investigation.  Students will visit various local natural and cultural locations – such as papyrus swamps and cattle enclosures – to consider their significance in understanding the past.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/af/uganda-ntusi

UK-Oakington - The Oakington Project is a multidisciplinary research effort that focuses on life during the Early, Middle and Late Anglo-Saxon Periods (ca. CE 450-1,000).  The project has three research components that are designed to produce a nuanced understanding of Oakington: The relationships of its inhabitants with their environment, each other, death and their dead.  This is a public archaeology project and community involvement includes research questions focused around the engaging of local people in research activity as a central focus of our activities.  For 2014, we will continue our bioarchaeological research at the site’s cemetery (dated to the early Anglo-Saxon period).  We will also continue our excavation and careful study of domestic dwellings and ditches at the site.  This is a public archaeology project, design to engage the local community in the research at Oakington.  Students should expect that interaction between team members and the public will be enriching, complex and may, at times, be challenging.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/eu/u-k-oakington

UK- Penycloddiau - The site of Penycloddiau is the second largest hillfort in Wales.  Previous work in the region suggests that the large contour types – like Penycloddiau – may be the earlier of the two hillfort types.  As a result, our excavations are seeking to date the very origins of the hillfort in western Britain.  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, investigating this through the excavation of the social architecture itself.  The 2014 season will focus on the ditch and outer rampart area, to enable us to dig the construction sequence of the hillfort and to investigate whether the late farm track utilized an earlier gap in the monument is the original hillfort entrance. We also plan to open a new trench (Area 3) across an associated Iron Age roundhouse – so that we can understand the everyday life of those living inside the hillfort.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/eu/u-k-penycloddiau

US CA- Forensic Field School: For nearly 100 years (1908-2008), unidentified human remains – known as John & Jane Doe's – in San Bernardino County (California) have been buried in a three acre plot of land located in one of the county's many cemeteries. Many of these individuals were the victims of foul play, others were simply forgotten by society. All, however, have one thing in common: forensic science was unable to identify who they were using the methods available at the time.In 2001, the California Senate passed Bill 297, which asked counties such as San Bernardino to apply modern DNA analysis to these decades-old cold cases. This field school will conduct forensic work to assist in such identification. Students will excavate burials in forensic contexts, perform preliminary analysis of the remains and help collect remains to send for further laboratory analysis before documenting and reburying the remains. For more information, please visit http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/n-america/u-s-forensics 

US CA-Wind Wolves - 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 2014, 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. For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/n-america/u-s-wind-wolves

Primate Studies Field School - This four-week primate studies field school is based in Rwanda, one of Central East Africa’s most progressive countries and home to an extraordinary diversity of 15+ species of monkeys and apes, including the famed mountain gorilla. Students will go on adventure treks to observe gorilla families and golden monkeys on the slopes of the extinct Virunga volcanoes; follow groups of chimpanzees, black and white colobus and guenon monkeys in an afro-alpine jungle; and travel on Safari to watch wildlife and study troops of baboons and vervet monkeys in a savanna setting. The program promotes a strong interdisciplinary and comparative approach to primate social behavior, combining perspectives from evolutionary biology, socioecology, psychology, anthropology, and human development. Throughout, the course explores applications to primate and ecosystem conservation.  Application deadline is Feb. 15th each year.  For more information go to http://primatefieldschool.arizona.edu/ 

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 http://www.ecomuseodecavalleria.com/

2014 Drimolen, South Africa Archaeology Field School - June 2-23, 2014 - Based in South Africa at the site of Drimolen. The site was discovered in 1992 near Swartkrans and Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humankind, 40 km outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. It is one of the richest fossil hominin sites in southern Africa, having produced over 100 hominin fossils representing Paranthropus robustus and early Homo. The Drimolen fossil site is unique in that has produced some of the youngest infant hominin fossils ever discovered in Africa. The site dates to approximately 1.5 million years ago and is incredibly rich in primate fossils. Fossil hominins have been recovered during most field seasons. For more information, please visit the University of Victoria fields schools: http://anthropology.uvic.ca/undergraduate/field_schools.php

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: http://arqueologiadeancashenglish.blogspot.com/ .

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtp3W186g18. For more information, please visit http://anthropology.usf.edu/REUanthroengine/

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 http://cfaa.nku.edu/ethnographic-field-school.html.  

China- Yangguanzhai - The prehistoric village of Yangguanzahi (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.  During the 2014 season, the project will continue working in the northeast corner of the site. We will attempt to complete the excavation of the Neolithic refuse pits found in these units. We will investigate the depositional processes that created the pits, and we will sieve the contents and extract botanical remains through flotation. Furthermore, we will conduct ceramic analysis to learn more about the exploitation of local clay sources and the pottery production at the site.  In addition, students will engage in experimental archaeology, making pottery knifes as they were found in great number at the site. 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.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/as/china-yangguanzhai

Colombia-Ciudad Perdida - Ciudad Perdida is one of the largest in a network of Tayrona sites, polities that inhabited the Sierra Nevada for more than a millennium and until contact with European (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 2014 season is dedicated to mapping out flagstone paths leading in and out of the city, as well as shovel testing and conservation and reconstruction work on collapsed structures at the site.  Stratigraphic details will be carefully recorded and artifacts buried in terrace fill recovered and cataloged as students learn survey, excavation and conservation techniques.  This field school is physically, intellectually and emotionally demanding.  Students must hike three day in and out of the site in challenging terrain.  While at Ciudad Perdida, students will live at the local research station in tropical jungle conditions with little electronic contact with the outside world.  This program is for fit students only.  Please think carefully before applying whether this program is for you. For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/south-america/colombia-ciudad-perdida

The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri, Italy - For the third consecutive year, during summer 2013 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 http://www.fieldschoolpozzeveri.org/

Egypt-Conservation - The vast Muslim cemeteries of Cairo – sometimes called the "City of the Dead" – are a unique urban environment that includes valuable medieval architectural monuments and living communities that practice traditional crafts.  As part of the conservation and reconstruction efforts of the hawd mosque – erected by Sultan Qaitbey ca. 1,472 CE – students will participate in the documentation of physical and social aspects of a section of this quarter.  Working side-by-side with Egyptian peers, students will learn about the architectural and urban history of a traditional Middle Eastern city, and about principles of architectural conservation and adaptive reuse.  This field school is ideal for students seeking insights/career in urban planning, architecture, heritage conservation and archaeological preservation.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/af/egypt-conservation  

Egypt-Fayum - The Fayum field school takes place at the Greco-Roman town of Karanis, a large mud brick settlement founded in the third century BCE as part of the Ptolemaic expanse of agriculture in the Fayum region of Egypt.  Karanis was abandoned during the early seventh century CE and the preservation of the ancient remains is excellent and a wide range of archaeological materials, including botanical macro-remains, textiles, wood and metal, are studied by a large group of archaeological specialists. This project focuses on both domestic and industrial areas of the site to better understand the importance of agriculture in relation to other economic activities. The 2014 field school will excavate at domestic contexts in order to augment our knowledge of the archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological record at the household level. The Fayum Field School combines teaching American students with training Egyptian archaeologists employed by the Ministry of State of Antiquities, which makes cultural exchange an integral part of the program. During the five weeks of the field school students get an intensive on-the-job training in archaeological research methods, excavation techniques, survey and finds processing. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with archaeological specialists and are encouraged to develop independent research projects.  Excursions to important sites in the vicinity and ethnoarchaeological assignments are also part of this program.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/af/egypt-fayum

Greece-Gonies -The Three Peak Sanctuaries of Central Crete project investigates Minoan peak sanctuaries in the rocky mountainous province of Malevyzi. This field school focuses on ethnographic research at the area – particularly at the village of Gonies. Our goal is to use local knowledge to inform and enrich the archaeological interpretation of the Peak Sanctuaries.  We will focus primarily on toponyms, traditional oral histories and local mythologies, and folk memory of places and structures now long gone. For 2014, we will work collaboratively with municipal social workers and a team of students from the local polytechnic university to compile an ethnographic and census database of the village. Work will involve visiting households door-to-door, gathering information about family size, age, gender, ways of livelihood, skills and material culture. Data will be entered into a digital database, which will be a valuable tool for the community itself, the municipal social services and the archaeological team.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/eu/greece-gonies

Greece- Kephallenia - Archaeological Shoreline Research (A. Sho.Re) is a Geo-Archaeological project set up to explore the archaeology of the Coastal Zone at the Island of Kephallenia. The project aims to establish an interdisciplinary survey methodology of maritime landscapes.  Research design draws heavily on the interface between Archaeology and Earth Sciences, the geomorphic formation processes in particular (geology, geomorphology, palaeohydrology, etc.).  Fieldwork focuses on the systematic and extensive survey along the shores of SE Kephallenia.  Work will be done mostely in the shallow water off the island coast (max depth of 2 meters) and students should expect to spend most of the day snorkeling and in the water.  Students will use GPS and underwater photography to documents site.  Students attending this program must be good swimmers and have strong stamina as we will spend most of the day working in the water.  Strict safety discipline will be practiced and instructions from safety boats must be followed.  Students will be asked to adherence to special diet (provided by the project) that will enable prolonged work in marine environment.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/eu/greece-kephallenia

Greece-Methone - The Ancient Methone Archaeological Project aims to explore 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 precise location and extent of the port of ancient Methone. Identifying the location of the port will provide crucial information that will help guide and focus plans for the broader study of the Haliakmon Delta – a key geographical elements linking riverine and coastline transport/communication routes to regional models of landscape evolution. In addition, complimentary excavations planned for 2014 are aimed at exploring Methone's early marketplace—the earliest surviving agora in the Greek world—and the important metal, glass, clay, stone, and bone/ivory production locales uncovered at the site since 2003. For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/eu/greece-methone

Ireland- Black Friary - The Black Friary 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. Founded in 1263 CE, the friary was the focus of political and ecclesiastical assembly during the late medieval period.  In the post-medieval period, the friary buildings were dismantled but the place itself retained significance locally and continued in use as a burial ground.  This project is focused on the excavation of the remains of the friary, and has three research components.  For 2014, we will continue to investigate the scope and layout of the friary buildings, and associated infrastructure.  We will also explore mortuary contexts so we may determine the area and extent of the cemetery and of burials within the area of the church and cloister.  This is a community archaeology project and one of our principle goals is to engage the local people of Trim with this project.  We will hold community open days, visits to the sites from both local groups and tourists, school visits and the participation of local volunteers on site. Students should expect that interaction between members of the public and the excavation environment is an evolving one, as local people re-assess their own relationship with a site and its significance.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/eu/ireland-blackfriary

Ireland- Spike Island - This field school is part of a research project that examines the archaeology of the 19th century prison on Spike Island, Ireland's Alcatraz. Dealing with criminals by means of long-term incarceration is a relatively recent development.  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 reflects new ideas about the redemptive nature of isolation, discipline and work. The physical isolation of prisoners was not possible on Spike Island which was an early 19th century fortress that was 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 2014 season, our principal focus will be on the convict burial ground and the bioarchaeology of the inmates who died at Spike Island.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/eu/ireland-spike-island  

Israel-Beth Shemesh - 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 is 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.  The main objective of this field school is to expose students to the archaeological process, from excavation to analysis, and the importance of rigorous yet adaptable excavation and recording techniques. Through hands-on learning, students gain experience in excavating and field documentation. They will also be introduced to the intellectual challenges presented by archaeological research, including the need to adjust field strategies as discoveries are made and theories change. Furthermore, students receive training in laboratory analysis and have the opportunity to process and catalogue the cultural remains they find.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/me/israel-tel-beth-shemesh

Itay-Prene Siddi - Pran'e Siddi, or the Siddi Plateau, is a high basaltic plateau located in south-central 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, however, 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.  In 2014, students will conduct archaeological survey, soil studies, and artifact analysis to reconstruct changing patterns of land use and look for evidence of environmental depletion.  During survey, students will use data collected from satellite imagery and receive basic training in GIS by using collected artifact data to build maps.  Students will also engage in intensive classification and serriation of the ceramic record recovered from the region in previous years.   For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/eu/italy-pran-e-siddi

Jordan- Shubayqa - The Shubayqa Archaeological Project investigates the transition from hunting & gathering to agriculture in the Harra desert of Jordan.  In particular, this project investigates the relationship between the Younger Dryas – a global climatic event that led to cooler temperatures and decreased rainfall – and the beginning of agriculture. The project area is the remote, rugged Shubayqa basin, a 12 km2 playa situated c. 130 km northeast of the Jordanian capital Amman.  In 2014 the project will continue its excavations at the late Natufian site of Shubayqa 1, while also launching excavations at the early Neolithic site Shubayqa 6 nearby. Furthermore, we will continue with our landscape survey of the surrounding area to discover additional sites, and carry out geoarchaeological sampling across the Shubayqa basin to study past environmental conditions. In addition, we will be processing and analyzing finds, and conducting some ethnographic fieldwork to better understand the use of the Badia by modern-day Bedouin pastoralists.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/me/jordan-shubayqa

Mexico-Ethnohistory - The purpose of this field school is to introduce students to innovative research methods in the integration of archaeology, art history, ethnohistory, and ethnography. Mexico in general and the vast state of Oaxaca in particular create an ideal research environment, where the indigenous cultures constructed monumental sites, ruled over city-states, invented complex writing systems, and crafted among the finest artistic traditions in the world, some of which are still perpetuated to this day. The clash of the Indigenous and the European worlds in the 16th century created a most unique culture, the legacy of which underlies the modern nation of Mexico.  By traveling through the mountains, valleys, and coasts of Oaxaca and immersing themselves in this rich study environment, students will gain direct experience with archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic research methods and resources. In addition, the course aims to provide insights into the practicalities of conducting academic research in Mexico, by visiting research institutes and hearing on-site lectures from local experts.  A broader question to be addressed is how new modes of inquiry in archaeology can reflect on approaches more consistent with the logic inherent in the scientific method. This interactive course will explore methods that avoid one-sided dependencies, and will link the past and present through the exploration of those surviving ancient sites and living communities which are directly referenced in the ethnohistorical records. For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/centralamerica/mexico-ethnohistorical

Oman-Bat - The UNESCO World Heritage site of Bat, al-Khutm, and al-Ayn in northern Oman was once a major Bronze Age center of ancient "Magan" from 3,000 to 2,000 BCE, with connections to Mesopotamia, Iran, and the Indus Civilization. Unfortunately, the people of Magan did not use writing or glyptic arts to record their history or organize their societies, so we know very little about their way of life. Since 2007, the Bat Archaeological Project (BAP) has been exploring the well preserved 3rd millennium BCE remains at this site, combining GIS-assisted surveys with stratigraphic excavations, radiocarbon dating, and other specialized methodologies – including geomorphology, archaeobotany and geophysical prospection – in order to better understand the social history of this region.  During the 2014 season, we will explore a new area of domestic structures, looking at the transition from an early agricultural town of the Hafit Period (ca. 3,100-2,700 BCE) to a developed Umm an-Nar center of trade and production.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/me/oman-bat

Panama-Sitio Drago - Panama's Caribbean Bocas del Toro Province was assumed to have been settled only 1400 years ago and to have remained isolated throughout its brief prehistory.  Recent research has uncovered much evidence to the contrary.  This project seeks to provide a broader range of information to better evaluate the region's settlement history and developing social complexity.  To date the Proyecto Arqueológico Sitio Drago has uncovered evidence of a much older settlement history and illustrated evidence of contact with cultures hundreds of kilometers away.  The 2014 field season will focus primarily on excavation and data recovery from a mortuary area in the central part of Sitio Drago.  Previous excavation has uncovered an area adjacent to 5 burials that is rich in artifacts and faunal remains indicative of some sort of ritual feasting activity.  We will continue working in this area and gather data to better understand the nature of the proposed ritual behavior and social structure at the site.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/centralamerica/panama-sitio-drago

Peru-Chincha - The Paracas culture of coastal Peru is known for its exquisite art.  It is also known for explicit presentation of violence, in particular, trophy head iconography on textiles and ceramics.  At the same time, the Paracas peoples constructed some of the earliest monumental architecture on the Peruvian south coast – enormous adobe platform mounds rising more than 10 meters above the alluvial plain. This confluence of organized violence and the construction of monumental ritual structures make Paracas one of the best case studies for the study of early complex societies in Peru.  For the 2014 season, this field school will focus on two major Paracas mound sites at the Chincha Valley: Cerro del Gentil and Huaca Soto.  Through careful excavation and analysis of recovered material culture, students will study the nature of conflict and cooperation that characterized the Paracas society and examine issues of violence, coordinated action, and social complexity.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/south-america/peru-chincha

Peru-Taraco - The northern Titicaca area, located in the department of Puno, Peru, is one of the few areas in the world where complex societies independently arose.  The archaeological site of Taraco, located on the edge of the Ramís River in the far northern Basin, was one of a few political and economic centers in the region during the late Middle Formative (ca. CE 1300-500). The importance of this site, together with its long, uninterrupted occupation, makes it an ideal locale to study processes of increasing social and political complexity in detail.  In the 2014 season we will focus on understanding the development of non-domestic, public forms of architecture at Taraco. The relationship between so-called "corporate" architecture and increasing social and political complexity is well established in the northern Basin, and figures prominently in the wider anthropological and archaeological literature.  We will continue our excavation of a sunken court complex situated on the Huayra Mocco Mound (Area I), located across the river from Area A. These excavations will allow us to assess the degree to which Taraco's political and economic success during the Formative Period was linked to the intensification of civic-ceremonial activities, or with transformations in their forms and organization.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/south-america/peru-taraco

Peru-Vitor - The Vitor Archaeological Project is a comprehensive, longitudinal study of the lower Vitor Valley, approximately 40 kilometers west of the modern city of Arequipa. This is a multi-disciplinary project with strong field, laboratory, and bioarchaeological components. The project is focused primarily on the Early Intermediate and Middle Horizon occupation periods of the valley, with a strong emphasis on the Millo site complex. We have already identified extensive Wari influence and possible presence at Vitor, including a D-shaped temple and significant quantities of Wari-influenced ceramics.  In 2014, students will begin new excavations at the D-shaped temple. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the mortuary excavations of a local tradition known as Ramadas.  Significant time will be dedicated to laboratory analysis of materials excavated from the temple and cemetery and for their conservation. For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/south-america/peru-vitor

Philippines-Ifugao - This field school is a component of the Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP), a multi-year research project at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ifugao.  The Ifugao constructed their Rice Terraces in rugged terrain as high as 2,000 meters above-sea-level for over 400 years. Terrace construction, use, and maintenance suggest complex community management.  However, this aspect of Ifugao subsistence is still poorly understood. Our research is focused on the sustainability of Ifugao irrigated-terrace farming by utilizing the concept of self-organizing systems.  It documents the growth of a self-organizing system by examining the historical development of several terrace systems.  For the 2014 field season, we will deploy landscape archaeology approach to examine historical, ecological, and ethnographic dimensions of Ifugao subsistence.  The field season will be divided into blocks of activities including surface mapping, archaeological excavations, artifact processing, ethnographic interviews and laboratory analyses. http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/as/philippines-ifugao

South Africa- Spitzkloof B - Spitzkloof is as series of three neighboring rockshelters in the Richtersveld region of Namaqualand, a coastal desert in the northwest corner of South Africa. Although desolate, transhumant pastoralists, the descendants of whom still live here, thrived in this landscape for millennia.  Our work at Spitzkloof is aimed at understanding how some of the world's earliest fully modern human societies adapted to challenging African environments over the past 200,000 years, of the behavioral flexibility that so epitomizes our species – flexibility that enabled us to colonize the globe and in the process out-compete our less versatile archaic cousins, including the Neanderthals, Denisovans and Hobbits.  The three Spitzkloof Rockshelters – designated A, B and C – form the 'backbone' of our research in Namaqualand. The goal of the 2014 field season is to continue excavating at Spitzkloof B and to conduct archaeological and geomorphological surveys in the surrounding area. For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/af/south-africa-spitzkloof-rockshelter

Spain-Cova Gran - The ability to quickly and efficiently adapt to diverse landscapes allowed humans to spread throughout the world during the Paleolithic period.  In the Old World, such ability enabled early humans to replace Neanderthals (and likely H. denisovans) in diverse environment, including the Southern Pyrenees.  How such replacement took place and what where the technological and social advantaged early human brought to the region is still poorly understood.  Through excavations at Cova Gran de Santa Linya – a large rock shelter located at the seam between the first range of the southern Pyrenees and the Ebro Basin – students will explore these very questions.  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.  In 2014, students will continue excavations at the site and will primarily focus on the north-west area of this shelter, where deep stratigraphy with excellent preservation of archaeological materials is present.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/eu/spain-cova-gran

Tanzania-Olduvai - The transition from the earliest human culture, the Oldowan, to the more sophisticated Acheulean, is one of the most significant events in the evolution of human technology. Despite the importance of this technological transition, little is known about the biological and cultural evolutionary mechanisms underlying it.  Traditionally, this major cultural shift has been linked with the emergence of Homo erectus, a species defined by its much larger brain and body size, while the transformation from Oldowan simple core-and-flake technology to Acheulean handaxes was viewed as a steady progression rather than a revolutionary change.  However, these assumptions are not grounded in the current available evidence, but rooted in cultural- history paradigms that are only now being tested. The Olduvai Gorge Archaeology Field School will collect fresh data on the emergence of the Acheulean at Olduvai and contribute to ongoing research being conducted by an international multidisciplinary team of researchers, the Olduvai Geochronology and Archaeology Project (OGAP). For more information, visit our website at http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/af/tanzania-olduvai-gorge   

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.  The programs run June 22-August 4.  More information on the Ecuador Field Programs can be found at: http://www.fau.edu/anthro/field.php

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: dmanisifieldschool@gmail.com 

The Turkana Basin Institute  The Stony Brook University field school is offering a full time program of 15 upper division credits in Kenya in the Fall and Spring. The program exposes students to all aspects of Archaeology, Ecology, Geology, Human Evolution and Paleoecology. The courses are taught by the world's leaders in these fields. Among the co-instructors are the Leakey family, who have worked in the Turkana basin for 40 years and contributed  to the discoveries of the fossil evidence for human evolution between 7 and 1 million years. More information on the Turkana Basin Field school can also be found here: http://www.turkanabasin.org/.

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: http://fhssfaculty.byu.edu/jacobhickman/fieldschool.html


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