US-CT: Mohegan
Dates: June 20, 2018 - July 27, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: null
Description: Instructor: Dr. Craig N. Cipolla 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at The Mohegan field school studies colonial-era sites on the Mohegan Reservation in an innovative collaborative setting. The study of reservation households sheds new light on the rhythms and materiality of everyday life during tumultuous times while providing valuable perspectives on the long-term outcomes of colonial repression, survivance, interaction, and exchange. The field school brings together students and staff of diverse backgrounds to learn about colonial history, the history of North American archaeology, and—most importantly—the often-troubled relationship between archaeologists and indigenous communities. The field school runs as an equal partnership between the Tribe and an academic archaeologist.
Dates: June 4, 2018 - July 13, 2018
Organization: MONTICELLO
University Affiliation: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Application Closing Date: April 16, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: Virginia

The Monticello-UVA Field School is an intensive six-week course in archaeological field and laboratory methods, offering six undergraduate or graduate credits through UVA's College of Arts and Sciences.

The Field School offers unique opportunities to:

  • Participate in the entire archaeological research process, including survey, excavation, field recording, artifact processing, and analysis.
  • Interact with our collaborating specialists in a variety of fields including digital archaeology, palynology, paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, dendrochronology, forest ecology, and history.
  • Contribute to cutting-edge interdisciplinary research into the lost world of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Plantation.

Monticello will offer successful applicants half-tuition scholarships. Since space is limited to twelve students, please be sure to have all application materials submitted by deadline: April 16, 2018.

For more information, please visit Monticello’s website:

UWF Forensic Anthropology Field School
Dates: May 14, 2018 - June 15, 2018
Organization: University of West Florida
University Affiliation: University of West Florida
Application Closing Date: March 30, 2018
Pdf External Web Site:
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: Florida

UWF Forensic Anthropology Field School

2018 Forensic Anthropology Field School (ANT 4990/ANG 5990, Forensic Field Recovery)

The Forensic Anthropology Field School will be held on the UWF Pensacola campus. The major goal of the 5-week field school is to train students in standard forensic methods for the discovery, documentation, and recovery of human skeletal remains. Students will learn to apply basic methods of archaeological mapping and excavation to simulated forensic scenes involving both surface-scattered and buried skeletal remains. They will also learn to distinguish human from non-human remains and gain experience with explicitly forensic procedures of evidence recovery, such as evidence documentation and collection, site security, and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment for different simulated scenarios.

  • Dates: UWF Summer Term 2: 14 May - 15 June 2018
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday 8 am - 4 pm
  • Application Deadline: 30 March 2018 (online); Acceptance Notification: 20 April 2018 (via email)
  • Credit: The course is offered for 3 credit hours.
  • Accommodations: Living arrangements will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Food: Students will provide their own lunches and snacks during the course. Drinking water will be provided on site.
  • Transportation: Transportation to and from campus will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Additional Costs and Other Information:  Students will be required to purchase a dig kit (trowel, brushes, tapes, etc.); we will provide a list of items to purchase (estimated cost = $125). There are no prerequisites for the Forensic Anthropology Field School. Experience in forensic anthropology, biological anthropology, human osteology, bioarchaeology, and/or archaeological methods and principles preferred but not essential.
  • For further information about the Forensic Anthropology Field School, contact Dr. Allysha Winburn (

Link to apply:

Historic St. Mary’s City 2018 Historical Archaeology Field School
Dates: May 9, 2018 - August 4, 2018
Organization: Historic St. Mary’s City
University Affiliation: St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Application Closing Date: April 6, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: Maryland

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC), in association with St. Mary’s College of Maryland, announces its 2018 field school in historical archaeology. The 2018 field season will be focused on the Calvert House site. Located in Town Center at the heart of the colonial capital, the Calvert House site takes its name from its earliest resident, colonial governor Leonard Calvert, who commissioned its construction soon after the colony was founded in 1634. As a site that during the 17th century served as a home, a fort, a statehouse, and an inn, the Calvert House site offers the opportunity to study many aspects of early colonial life. Excavations in the yards immediately adjacent to the Calvert House will explore the many post-holes, fences, and other cultural features associated with the structure, as well as provide a plethora of artifacts to contribute to the understanding of this critically important site.

About the Program
HSMC is a state-supported, outdoor museum located at the site of Maryland’s first capital (1634–1694). The HSMC field school is the longest-running historical archaeology field school in the United States. Participants engage in an intensive, ten-week program that teaches the foundational principles of historical archaeology through hands-on excavation, laboratory work, and artifact analysis. Students learn artifact identification by working with one of the best archaeological collections of colonial and post-colonial material in the country. Throughout the program, students attend lectures from leading Chesapeake scholars and take field trips to area archaeological sites. Students also receive the rare opportunity to learn about 17th-century sailing firsthand aboard the Maryland Dove, a replica of a square-rigged tobacco ship.
The Historical Archaeology Field School is an ideal experience for undergraduate or graduate students concentrating in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Museum Studies, or American Studies, or for any student with an interest in learning about the past through archaeology.

Credits: 8 (Anthropology or History) at SMCM or exchange equivalent

Costs: $1,600 tuition, plus $75 fee (housing and meal plans available at additional cost)

For more information, including application process, visit our Field School homepage!

Damariscotta River Association Archaeology Field School
Dates: July 8, 2018 - July 27, 2018
Organization: Damariscotta River Association
Pdf External Web Site:
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: Maine

Archaeology Field School

excavating at the Hatch homestead site

Hands-on original research & learning

DRA’s Archaeology Field School provides a unique opportunity for laypeople and students to make an important contribution through participation in a professional dig. Students will attain the fundamental principles and rigors of archaeological fieldwork. College participants in past years have made arrangements with their professors or advisors to obtain college credit.The program also benefits teachers who require recertification credits.

This year’s archaeology team will be excavating at the Elisha Hatch (1769-1803) Homestead site located off River Road in Newcastle. See below for details about the site and plans for excavation.

Two partial scholarships are available to qualifying teachers and students through the Helen Gurland Scholarship Fund. Call DRA at 207-563-1393 for additional information.

Participants are encouraged to sign up early, as there is a maximum of twelve participants per session.

2018 Schedule and Rates

Session I: July 8 – July 13, 2018
Session II: July 15 – July 20, 2018
Session III: July 22 – July 27, 2018

Sign up for more than one session and receive discounted rates.
One session: $350 / $325 for DRA members
Two sessions: $550 / $500 for DRA members
Three sessions: $800 / $725 for DRA members


NEW: Online registration ONLY through CampDoc registration services. If you have registration questions, contact the CampDoc Help Desk at 734-636-1000, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm EST or


Participants are required to register prior to attending the field school. The minimum age to attend is 14. Past field school sessions have included a mix of high school age students, college students, and retirees who have always wanted to participate in a professional archaeological dig. Experience among participants in past years has ranged from first timers, to seasoned excavators, to up and coming archaeologists.

For additional information on the field school please contact DRA at (207) 563-1393. 

Join the fun, help contribute to an important chapter in the maritime history of the Damariscotta River region, and learn the rigors and fundamental principles of archaeology in midcoast Maine!

About the 2018 excavation plans

Damariscotta River Association’s (DRA’s) 2018 Archaeology Field School is returning to the Elisha Hatch Homestead site (1769-1803) located off River Road in Newcastle. The site marks the third and final leg of historical archaeologist Tim Dinsmore’s investigation into the 18th-century Barstow-Bryant shipbuilding complex, which began in 1980. Dinsmore is directing field school participants in the partial excavation of the Hatch Homestead site with the aim of continuing to define the structural layout of the site.

Hatch carried out the smithy work for shipwright George Barstow (Hale site), and presumably for contemporary shipwright Nathaniel Bryant (Bryant-Barker Tavern site) during the mid-1760s to 1772. Soon after, the Hatch homestead and property was acquired by yeoman James Givens – kin to David Givens of Sheepscot and Robert Givens of Pemaquid Falls – and by 1790 was occupied by Nathaniel Bryant’s son, Nathaniel.

Nathaniel Bryant II resumed building wooden sailing vessels at his father’s yard prior to relocating his operations to the Damariscotta Mills in 1803. Thus the Hatch site was occupied by a blacksmith, yeoman and shipwright during its relatively brief existence. What became of the homestead shortly thereafter is unclear though archaeological evidence indicates that that its demise soon followed.

The Hatch site, located atop the riverbank on the Damariscotta River and overlooking what would have been the shipyard, has remained untouched since last occupied in 1803. As such it represents a time capsule for which to study the early maritime history of the Damariscotta region. Archaeological priorities at the Hatch site include determining the layout and orientation of the homestead as well as locating blacksmithing activities including Hatch’s blacksmith shop.

Smiths Island Archaeology Field School
Dates: May 27, 2018 - June 24, 2018
Organization: University of Rochester
University Affiliation: University of Rochester
Application Closing Date: April 1, 2018
Pdf External Web Site:
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: Yes

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 archeology practicum, students will learn about Bermuda’s extensive history and the process of Americanization. During the 2018 season, 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 the island’s western bay to find new sites. Prior archaeological experience or knowledge of early American history is not required!

An ideal historical and archaeological research site, Bermuda has a rich history and tremendous natural beauty. Settlement began with a shipwreck in 1609 and the island has some of the oldest sites in English America - predating Plymouth and Boston. Tobacco and seafaring sustained Bermuda for 200 years, but after the American Revolution it became a British military stronghold and an important
Royal Navy base. Its central Atlantic location made it an important US base during World War II and the Cold War. Today, tourism, banking, and global business are Bermuda’s mainstay.

Our field school is based in St. George’s, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts more than sixty 18th-century houses and forts for students to study – and is still an active sailing port which hosted the AMERICAS WORLD CUP in June 2017.

Fieldwork: We will spend four weeks excavating sites on 60-acre Smiths Island, located in St. George’s Harbour, and will commute to work daily by boat. Work will be physically demanding. Because the island is heavily overgrown, this field school may not be suitable for students highly allergic to poison ivy. Work will include a blend of field excavation and artifact processing and analysis. On rain days, we will conduct primary research in the Bermuda Archives in Hamilton (Bermuda’s capital). We may also snorkel over nearby bays and shipwreck sites to look for evidence of shipbuilding. The work, in short, will be hard but intellectually rewarding.

Housing: We will stay in Block House, an 18th-century building located at the center of St. George’s. Housing and food are included in the program cost, but students may have to cook their own meals. Bermuda is very expensive: most food is imported and rents are very high. There will be a certain element of “roughing it” to keep the field school affordable. That said, you will be living in the oldest town in English America and a short walk away from four beaches. Program Costs are now estimated at $4,250, exclusive of airfare to/from Bermuda (about $450) but includes housing, food, transportation, and field trips within Bermuda. NEW for 2018: UR students can get a grant up to $500 for airfare.

Most students enroll in HIS 299 (Field and Research Methods in Archaeology) and earn 4 University of Rochester credits. Students with prior archaeological field experience can take HIS 398, Advanced Field Methods. These courses can satisfy requirements in the UR Archaeology, Technology and Historic Structures program or be used toward history or anthropology majors. Graduate Students can get 5 credits for taking HIS 498 Archaeology Field & Research Methods for the same program fee. For more information about living and excavating in Bermuda, see the Field School Blog:

Applications for the field school are due by April 1, 2018, but are accepted earlier on a rolling basis before then until all slots are full. The total program fee (including tuition) for 2018 is $4,250 plus airfare to Bermuda. The best way to apply is via the UR Education Abroad PORTAL ( , but you can also send a paper application to the Smiths Island Archaeology Project, C/O Michael Jarvis, Dept. of History, Rush Rhees 364, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 or by email attachment to

2018 Smiths Island, Bermuda, Archaeology Field School Application
Email & phone #:
Date of Birth (for Bermuda Emigration):
School, Academic Year, Major, and any prior archaeology/early American history courses/experience:

Do you have any physical limitations and/or dietary restrictions? If so, please list:

Do you have a valid US or other national passport good through the end of 2018? If so, please list your passport number, date of issue, and date of expiration.

Do you have any boat-handling, SCUBA diving or snorkeling, or computer CAD/GIS experience? Can you swim? If so, how strong a swimmer are you? Are you allergic to poison ivy? Can you cook stuff?

Reality Check: Archaeology has little to do with Indiana Jones or Lara Croft and is hardly the romantic action-packed enterprise that movies present. This field school will be both physically and mentally challenging and involve meticulous attention to detail in the archives, field, and lab. Please attach an academic resume and a statement (500 words) relating why you want to participate in this project and what you hope to learn.

Letter of Recommendation: Please list the name, department, title, and email of a professor willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Also arrange to have this person send this letter directly to MICHAEL JARVIS at the address or email above.

Recommenders: please comment on the student’s background, intellectual aptitude, maturity and suitability for undertaking an experiential learning program. It would be especially helpful to note any previous historical or archaeological training the applicant has had and how participation in this field school will deepen the student’s intellectual development at your college or university

Colonial Williamsburg Field School in Historical Archaeology
Dates: May 29, 2018 - August 3, 2018
Organization: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and The College of William and Mary
University Affiliation: The College of William and Mary
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: Virginia

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation & The College of William and Mary
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:

For program information, please contact Mark Kostro at

St. Mary’s College Archaeological Field School at Cremona Estate
Dates: June 4, 2018 - July 16, 2018
Organization: St. Mary’s College
University Affiliation: St. Mary’s College
Pdf External Web Site:
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: Maryland

This summer we will continue field work at the former 17th and 18th century plantation of West Ashcom at Cremona Estate in Mechanicsville, St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Our focus will be the former great house, surrounding outbuildings and yards, continuing work that has been ongoing since 2013. Our goal is to understand how the Ashcom family, the enslaved, and servants experienced daily life in the colonial Chesapeake.

Field and Laboratory training specific to CRM mitigation following Maryland State Guidelines will be highlighted including:

  • Survey (pedestrian and shovel testing).
  • Mapping using GPS, total station, and low-altitude aerial photography using drones.
  • Record data in the field and lab including forms, mapping, and photography including the use of drones.
  • Phase II excavations
  • Field processing of artifacts as well as curation and cataloging of artifacts in the lab.

Students will earn 6 credit hours for the 5 Week program. This course meets the ELAW requirement and Museum Studies internship requirements. Students may register for credit in Anthropology (ANTH352) or History (HIST310).

At the conclusion of the field school, opportunities for immediate employment in St. Mary’s College of Maryland archaeological projects for outstanding students are available.

The Tristán de Luna Terrestrial and Combined/Maritime Terrestrial Field School
Dates: May 21, 2018 - July 28, 2018
Organization: University of West Florida
University Affiliation: University of West Florida
Application Closing Date: March 30, 2018
Pdf External Web Site:
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: Yes
State: Florida

University of West Florida (UWF) is now accepting applications for Archaeology field school 2018. Offered at both the graduate (ANG 6824, advanced) and undergraduate (ANT 4824) levels, students will work on the Pensacola area's rich terrestrial and maritime archaeological past from the 16th through the early 20th centuries.  Explore the Tristán de Luna y Arellano 1559-1561 settlement attempt of the Florida Gulf Coast where students can gain unique hands-on experience excavating the Luna settlement on land, Luna shipwrecks underwater, or both. Options include taking a 10 week Terrestrial, 10 week Maritime, or 5 week Terrestrial and 5 week Maritime Combined field school. Both the Maritime and the Combined options require an additional week of Scientific Diver training. Additional research may be conducted at Arcadia Mill a 19th century industrial complex, other mill sites along the Blackwater river, and on other shipwrecks in the region.

Advanced Field School applications are due by February 19th and Basic Field School applications are due by March 30th.  Link to apply and for further information:

Terrestrial Field School

(ANT 4824, Terrestrial Archaeological Field Methods or ANG 6824 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods)

Luna Settlement

The 2018 Luna Settlement Terrestrial Field School will take place for the third consecutive year at the archaeological site of the 1559-1561 Tristán de Luna settlement overlooking Pensacola Bay.  The goals of the project are to continue excavations focusing on the traces of the colonial settlers who lived there after a hurricane destroyed their fleet. 

Arcadia Mill

The Arcadia Mill 2018 terrestrial field school will take place at the Simpson Lot in Milton, Florida. The lot contains the archaeological remains of the historic Simpson house (1835-1935), a three-story Louisiana-style mansion that was occupied by the mill owner. The house consisted of a brick basement including a slave quarter and kitchen, a veranda and main story, and second story. The research design from previous field schools will carry on as we continue to uncover and document architectural features with the goal of delineating the boundaries of the Simpson house and associated brick basement. Investigations will focus on identifying the south boundary of the structure including the covered entrance to the basement

Blackwater River Mills

This section will gather information on several steam-powered lumber mills burned prior to the Confederate abandonment of Pensacola in 1862. Work at these sites may involve remote sensing, metal detection, and test pit excavation. In addition to work on the terrestrial remains of these sites, work may also be done at the submerged portions of these sites as part of the underwater field school using remote sensing and underwater visual inspection to identify shipping destroyed in 1862 along with any submerged portions of the mills.

During the summer, field school students will be exposed to a broad range of archaeological field techniques, ranging from excavation and survey, to scale drawing and record-keeping. Demonstrations will include remote sensing, photography, and digital mapping.

  • Dates: May 21 - July 28, 2018
  • Prerequisites: The prerequisite for the terrestrial field school is Principles of Archaeology (ANT 3101) with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • Accommodations: Living arrangements will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Food and Equipment: Students will need to bring a lunch and any snacks to the field each day. Each student will also need to bring a set of personal field gear; lists will be provided for the project upon acceptance. Field gear usually costs around $125.
  • Field Conditions: The field school will take place in a residential neighborhood setting not far from downtown Pensacola, Florida, with conditions ranging from open yards in direct sunlight to shaded areas with sometimes dense undergrowth and landscaping.  Students should be prepared for summer heat, humidity, sun, rain, and biting insects. A list of required and recommended field clothing will be provided upon acceptance.
  • Transportation: The Luna Settlement field school will take place near downtown Pensacola, Florida, and parking arrangements will be announced before the start of field school.  Students will need to provide their own transportation (carpools are encouraged).

For further information about the UWF terrestrial field schools, contact the UWF Archaeology Institute (850-474-3015,

Combined Maritime / Terrestrial Field School

UWF will be conducting a combined terrestrial and maritime archaeology field methods course during the summer of 2018. In the combined field school, qualified students will split their summer, taking the maritime component during either the first five weeks or the second five weeks of the course. For the maritime component, students will participate in underwater archaeological investigations in Pensacola Bay and surrounding waters. This summer's activities include excavations on vessels dating to the Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano expedition of 1559; hull recording of maritime landscapes and small vessels in local rivers; remote sensing survey using magnetometer and side-scan sonar; as well as site assessments and dives on known historic wrecks and maritime sites located in the area. Fieldwork will be supplemented by lectures and discussions on themes ranging from the colonization of northwest Florida to maritime landscapes and economic maritime connections in the Gulf region. When not diving, students will perform topside duties such as dive tending and support, artifact recording, and database entry. Students will also participate in the conservation and laboratory analysis of recovered material.

  • Prerequisites: In addition to having completed “Principles of Archaeology” (ANT 3101) with a grade of 'C' or better, an open-water scuba diving certification from a nationally recognized dive agency (PADI, NAUI, YMCA, etc.) is required for participation in the maritime field school. Students must also provide their own masks, fins, snorkel and weight belt; it is recommended that students also supply their own regulator and B.C.D., but there are some units available for rent from the Marine Services Center if this is not possible. In addition, all students must complete mandatory scientific diver training during the week of May 15-19, 2017. Additional information about CPR/First Aid certification providers and snorkel checkout/swim test dates will be provided upon notice of acceptance into the field school.
  • Accommodations: Participants are responsible for their own housing and meals. Arrangements can be made to live in campus housing. Alternatively, the Pensacola area offers many weekly and monthly rentals.
  • Transportation: Daily transportation to the staging location, the University's Marine Services Center in Pensacola, is the responsibility of the student. Transportation to boat launches and dive sites will be provided by the University whenever possible, but students may occasionally be required to carpool to local dive locations.
  • Schedule:
    • May 14 - May 18: UWF Scientific Diver Training (mandatory for all students participating in combined field school)
    • May 21 - June 23: First session of Maritime Field School
    • June 25 - July 28: Second session of Maritime Field School

For further information about the maritime field school, contact Dr. John Bratten (850-474-2706, or Dr. Greg Cook (850-857-6321,



Karst Field Studies Program
Dates: June 3, 2018 - June 9, 2018
Organization: Karst Geology
University Affiliation: Western Kentucky University
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: Kentucky


  • Karst Geology, June 3-9, Dr. Art Palmer
  • Exploration of Mammoth Cave, June 18-22, Mr. Bruce Hatcher and Mr. David Kem
  • Karst Resources of Grand Canyon National Park, June 18-24, Dr. Ben Tobin and Dr. Abe Springer
  • Visualization of Karst Field Data, June 11-16, Dr. Pat Kambesis and Mr. Howard Kalnitz
  • Field Cave Ecology, anticipated July (official dates not yet determined), Dr. Julian Lewis
  • Show Cave Interpretation and Education, August 5-10, Dr. Leslie North

Courses may be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or continuing education credit. Courses may also be taken as non-credit workshops.

For more information about the program, courses, how to register, and instructor bios, please visit

If you have any questions please contact the Karst Field Studies Director, Dr. Leslie North, at
Please sign-up for our mailing list through our website or follow us through our social media accounts at Instagram @karstfieldstudies, Twitter @KFSWKU, Facebook @WKUKarstfieldstudies

Please help us spread the word about the program by forwarding this message to your colleagues, grotto members, staff, students, friends, and any other parties you feel may be interested in this year’s courses!

Hope to see you this summer!

US-CO: Amache
Dates: June 10, 2018 - July 14, 2018
Application Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: null
Description: Instructor: Dr. Bonnie Clark 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at The Amache Archaeology and Heritage Management Field School is part of a long-term community collaborative project at Amache, a World War II-era Japanese American confinement camp in southeastern Colorado. This project provides a rare opportunity for students to work with survivors in synergistic investigations of the past and its meaning in the present at a National Historic Landmark. Working on-site and in the Amache museum, participants in the field school, gain hands-on experience in intensive site survey, historic artifact analysis, ground penetrating radar, landscape archaeology, collections management, public interpretation and outreach, and community-based research.
Advanced Field Experience in Bioarchaeology
Dates: September 17, 2018 - October 12, 2018
Organization: Institute for Research and Learning in Archeology and Bioarchaeology
Application Closing Date: September 2, 2018
Pdf External Web Site:
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: Ohio


The excavation of human burials is a sensitive undertaking that must be carried out with utmost professionalism. Specialized bioarchaeological training is essential to ensure that human burials are uncovered, documented, and removed properly, that is, without damaging the remains or destroying precious information. However, unless they have specialized in the excavation of human remains, even professional archaeologists may not always be up to the task.

This field-based program was developed specifically for advanced students and CRM professionals interested in furthering their professional training by acquiring bioarchaeological skills and experience.

By working in small groups, side-by-side with IRLAB’s professional team, participants will have the opportunity to excavate burials from start to finish. Upon completion of the program, participants will have learned how to properly identify, excavate, document, and remove human burials in archaeological context.


Upon completion of the program, participants will have become familiar with the following major components of human burial excavation, and related learning objectives:

  • Stratigraphic interpretation of human burials
    • Learn how to identify burial cuts.
    • Understand the stratigraphic relations between adjacent contexts.
    • Interpret the different components of a burial and the distinct funerary behavioral actions they represent.
  • Bioarchaeological excavation techniques
    • Become familiar with the proper methods, tools, and techniques for excavating the different components of human burials, with a focus on exposing skeletal remains while minimizing bone destruction and information loss.
    • Learn how to interpret taphonomic processes from the examination of the skeletal elements in the field.
    • Learn how to conduct basic analyses of the remains in situ to develop a preliminary biological profile in the field;
    • Learn how to efficiently remove skeletal elements and maximize their preservation for study.
  • State-of-the-art documentation of human burials
    • Learn how to collect spatial information on human burials using a total station and GIS.
    • Learn the proper documentation protocols through the use of IRLAB’s dedicated Stratigraphic Unit and Skeletal Context sheets.
    • Become familiar with the criteria for properly photographing skeletal contexts and the methods for developing 3D reconstructions of human burials using photogrammetry.
  • Theoretical approaches and ethical considerations related to the excavation of human remains
    • Become familiar with the different theoretical approaches in bioarchaeology, and understand how they influence the excavation of burial grounds.
    • Understand the different circumstances and reasons for excavating human remains, to inform the excavation strategy and research approaches.


Excavations will take place at the Harrison Township Cholera Cemetery (HTCC), located just 20 minutes away from downtown Columbus, OH. The site is the object of an ongoing project with the aim of excavating, studying, and restoring an abandoned historic cemetery. Learn more…

Excavation will take place daily, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, with a short lunch break. All participants will be required to attend a general orientation at the beginning of the program, and daily briefings in the morning prior to starting fieldwork. IRLAB does not provide meals, lodging or transportation as part of this program, and participants are expected to make their own arrangements.

Participants who would require to make lodging arrangements may benefit from IRLAB’s negotiated group rates at the Woodspring Suites Columbus Urbancrest in Grove City, OH. Simply indicate your interest in the online application or contact David Hubin, Project Manager, anytime upon admission.


Participation in the program will provide participants with exposure to all of the elements of human burial excavation outlined in the Learning Objectives of the program.  In order to accommodate the needs of professional schedules, this program is organized in two distinct, additive modules. Each module may be taken as a stand-alone program, although both modules combined provide the best training and experience. Individuals interested in acquiring bioarchaeological experience to serve in leading roles in the recovery of human remains should participate in both modules.

Stratigraphy and Taphonomy

September 17 – 30

This module is focused on the general setup of a bioarchaeological excavation, with emphasis on understanding the general context and stratigraphy of the site or excavation area. The first few days will be spent detecting all relevant features within the excavation area, identifying grave cuts, and determining the stratigraphic relations between contexts. Thereafter, the most superficial layers of the area will be removed mechanically to allow for easier access to the burials. Burials will then be exposed, documented, and removed. Participants in this module will also be required to complete select readings on stratigraphy and taphonomy prior to the program.

Theory and Ethical Practice of Bioarchaeology

October 1 – 13

This module is effectively the prosecution of the previous one, and is focused primarily on the excavation of human remains once all burial cuts have been identified. In groups of 2-3 people, participants will learn the methods and techniques necessary for the proper excavation, documentation, and recovery of human remains in archaeological context. Participants in this module will also be required to complete select readings on the theory of bioarchaeology and participate in group discussions concerning the ethical implications of excavating human remains.


The program accepts a limited number of participants and welcomes applications from professional archaeologists, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students in archaeology, anthropology or allied disciplines from any country and institution. Current enrollment in a university is not a requirement. All applications are evaluated equally and acceptance decisions are primarily based on merit.

The only prerequisite of the program is prior archaeological excavation experience. Human osteological knowledge (typically through the completion of an Osteology course) is not required, but extremely advantageous.


Individuals interested in applying for the field experience must fill out and submit the online Application Form.

The application deadline is September 2, 2018. However, applications are reviewed as soon as they are received and applicants accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Curriculum vitae and/or reference letters (e-mails) may be requested. The staff reserves the right to verify any of the information reported in the application form and request supporting documentation (e.g., advising reports; references) in its sole discretion. Staff will make final decisions regarding enrollment. Acceptance will be communicated by e-mail.

Field Schools in Asia

India: Himalayan Myths and Reality
Dates: July 15, 2018 - August 15, 2018
Application Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
Description: Instructors: Dr. Sonali Gupta-agarwal, Dr. Parth Chauhan 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at Historical archaeology studies material culture with the aid of historical records. Written records contextualize materiality but may or may not corroborate archaeological evidence. Kullu valley lies in the heart of the Himalayas in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh and is rich in archaeological sites and historical records relating to the sites. The valley is a focal point for many ancient myths in the Himalayas. As texts were frequently revised and chronologically problematic, an assessment of myths and their reality cannot be done on the basis of textual sources alone. There is an absence of early historic excavated sites in the valley, therefore, a historical archaeology and applied anthropological approach is useful for the study of religious art, architecture, oral traditions within the context of the landscape. Such an approach aids in evaluating the manifestation of myths and their reality in the Kullu valley. The research goals aim at understanding the role of myths in the Kullu valley and how they influence architecture, rituals and use of space. The project will also help understand the interaction of contemporary people with sacred sites in the Himalayas where such myths are depicted and form a part of their daily life.
Philippines: Bicol
Dates: June 25, 2018 - July 22, 2018
Application Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
Description: Instructors: Dr. Stephen Acabado, Dr. Zandro Villanueva, Dr. Adam Lauer, Dr. Francisco Datar 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at The main focus of the Bicol Archaeological Project (BAP) (Philippines) is to understand indigenous responses to colonialism, including economic, landscape, and political shifts that occurred soon after conquest. The field school provides training in archaeological field methods and bioarchaeological methodologies. The Bicol Region has a rich, but largely undocumented archaeological record that spans the Neolithic, Metal Age, Trade and Interaction with Asian traders, and Spanish colonial periods. The BAP aims to launch a region-wide archaeological program that will provide data to establish the region’s cultural chronology, which will be tied to the larger chronology in the region. Anthropological issues such as culture-contact, subsistence shifts, resource utilization, responses to colonialism, climate change, heritage conservation, and community engagement will also be pursued by the BAP. Although BAP primarily looks at the archaeology of colonialism, the deep archaeological deposit in the region provides a broader research opportunity that students can pursue.
Bioarchaeology Field School in Iran
Dates: August 25, 2018 - September 15, 2018
University Affiliation: University of Kashan (Iran), Iranian Center for Archeological Research (ICAR) and the University of Warsaw (Poland) in Estark-Joshaqan in central Iran
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Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No

The “Mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology field school” in Iran (from 25 August to 15 September 2018) is a joint project of the University of Kashan (Iran), Iranian Center for Archeological Research (ICAR) and the University of Warsaw (Poland) in Estark-Joshaqan in central Iran. It offers students the opportunity to participate in excavations at an exciting Iron Age cemetery and to learn how to properly handle excavated ancient human skeletons through cleaning, documentation and scientific analyses.

The course is designed for students and graduates in archaeology, anthropology or biology, but also people interested in the past with no prior experience in excavations. Five students from abroad and seven Iranian students will be accepted.

The total price for the field school is 1200 Euros and includes lectures in bioarchaeology, field training, food and accommodation for 3 weeks of fieldwork, transportation from the Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport to Kashan University Campus, as well as the 5-day tour to the most famous archaeological and historical sites and monuments mainly in the Esfahan and Fars provinces.

Detailed information can be found on the website: Questions and applications should be sent to Javad Hoseinzadeh (email:, Skype ID: javad.hoseinzadeh1).

Field Schools in Australia/New Zealand

Archaeology Convict Field School
Dates: December 4, 2018 - January 31, 2019
Organization: University of Tasmania
University Affiliation: University of Tasmania
Application Closing Date: October 31, 2018
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Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No

Spend your summer in Tasmania's Southern Midlands on an archaeological excavation and earn 12.5 points/6 units towards your degree.

2nd and 3rd year university students across Australia and internationally will learn online about Tasmania's rich record of convict's lives in captivity and work onsite using the latest techniques in excavating historic convict sites. We'll also visit UNESCO World-Heritage listed convict sites at Ross and Port Arthur.

With around 76,000 convicts transported to Tasmania from Britain, and other parts of the then British Empire in the 19th century, our island has a rich archaeological record of their lives in captivity. Now is the perfect time to take part in an archaeological field school investigating the site of a former convict probation station. You’ll be introduced to the latest techniques in excavating historic convict sites to reveal stories from the past.

Archaeology has the potential to provide unique insights into our past.

Expressions of Interest close 31 October.

First two weeks of December 2018 (online),
Last two weeks in January 2019 (onsite)

Intake: Nov 2018 – Feb 2019

General Enquiries:
T: +61 3 6226 6365

What's involved

  • Two weeks of online learning.
  • A two-week field school.
  • Team work.
  • Excavating objects.
  • Learn to understand the found objects in context, then how to clean, categorise, and store them.
  • Learn how to consider maps, plans, and other historical records to understand the site’s convict past.


  • Current enrolled student at a university in Australia or internationally. Find out more about cross institutional enrolment.
  • Minimum 25% at 100 level (two x first year units) and have space to fit our 200 or 300 level unit into your degree.
  • All students will be required to have a current tetanus vaccination (last five years) and be fit enough to engage in fieldwork on remote location.


  • Along with the normal unit cost an additional field school cost will apply.
  • Tuition fees, and a AUD$1200 per student.
  • AUD$300 deposit paid in full to secure your place.
  • Option to pay $300 instalments by 30 November 2018.
  • Students travel expenses from interstate or internationally will be your own cost.

Field Schools in Canada

Canada: Fort Vermilion
Dates: July 1, 2018 - July 28, 2018
Application Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: null
Description: Instructors: Dr. Shawn Bubel, Dr. Heinz Pyszczyk, Bob Dawe 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at This field school is located in northern Alberta, a terrain that is stunningly beautiful. Here students will be investigating Fort Vermilion (1798 – 1830) and other settlements. These studies will examine the establishment of the Canadian based North West Company (NWC), which created trade posts from Lake Athabasca up the Peace River to today’s Fort St. John, British Columbia. Fort Vermilion is an ideal site to investigate the geopolitical, social, and cultural dynamics of the fur trade. The site still promises much to be uncovered, as minimal research campaigns have been carried out at the site since its discovery in 1998. These excavations revealed stratified layers of occupation, making it one of the first stratified fur trade sites ever identified in Alberta. By applying insights gained through archaeological, anthropological, and historical research, the current expedition is shedding new light on the people that lived and traded there.

Field Schools in Europe

Ireland: Ferrycarrig
Dates: July 1, 2018 - July 28, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
Description: Instructors: Dr. Denis Shine, Dr. Stephen Mandal 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at Built in 1,169 CE, Ferrycarrig is crucial to our understanding of the earliest stages of the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. Probably one of the first permanent Norman fortifications to be built in Ireland, the site comprised a ringwork castle placed on a natural promontory overlooking the River Slaney and Wexford town. Today, the bank and ditch are all that remain above the ground but archaeological excavations in the 1980’s uncovered significant evidence of the fortifications preserved below ground. Ferrycarrig is located within the Irish National Heritage Park, an open-air museum which recreates the key stages in Ireland’s past, providing a stunning backdrop to the archaeological research site. Students will be exposed not only to archaeological investigation at the site but also to the many and myriad ways by which the public is presented, view and interpret the archaeological record.
Ireland: Inishbofin
Dates: June 3, 2018 - June 29, 2018
Application Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
Description: Instructors: Dr. Ian Kuijt, Dr. Meredith Chesson 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at This field school offers students the opportunity to learn about the rich history, heritage and archaeology of coastal Ireland. Excavating on the islands of Inishbofin and Inishark, County Galway, Ireland, fifty miles west of Galway along the coast of Connemara, the Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast project (CLIC) has been working for 10 years to understand post 18th century island life. The 2018 excavations will focus on Building 5, a partially preserved stone three room house overlooking the Poirtíns, a small harbor in the located on the south-east corner of the 8 by 5 mile island of Inishbofin. In the 1830’s the fishing village of the Poirtíns was home to around 60 people. It is now abandoned with many of the stone buildings partially destroyed in the 1890’s when the upper sections of the houses were removed for building field walls. Although the island of Inishbofin has been lived on since the Bronze Age, very little is known about 18th and 19th century life before and after the Irish Famine on Inishbofin in general, and life in the Poirtíns in specific. This field school involves four weeks of practical instruction in the methods and theory of archaeological excavation in Historical Archaeology, field survey, and laboratory analysis of ceramic, class and metal objects.
Ireland: Spike Island
Dates: June 17, 2018 - July 21, 2018
Application Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
Description: Instructor: Dr. Barra O’Donnabhain 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at This field school is part of a larger research project that examines the development of modern prison systems through the study of the archaeology of the 19th century prison on Spike Island, Ireland’s Alcatraz. Strategically located at the mouth of Cork Harbour, the island was a military and naval base for over 200 years and is the site of the largest fortress in Ireland. For 36 years from 1847, the fort was used as a convict prison, initially as a crisis response to Ireland’s Great Famine (1845-1852). 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. Globally, that century was a critical period for the development of the modern prison with considerable innovation and experimentation in punishment regimes. At the first International Penitentiary Congresses in the 1870s, the ‘Irish System’, was seen as a role model for other world areas and Spike Island had played a critical role in the development of this approach. The island was also a major point of embarkation transportation to Australia where convicts became part of an extraordinarily effect project in social engineering, providing the labour and population of new colonies. This will be the sixth season of excavations of the Spike Island Archaeological Project. The island is uninhabited but is visited by hundreds of tourists daily during the summer with hourly boats making the 1km journey to the nearby town of Cobh. The staff and students of the project live on the island in youth hostel-style accommodation in a modern and comfortable building. The 2018 field school will investigate deposits in the Victorian prison buildings while also exploring the convict cemetery. It provides students with the opportunity to spend 5 weeks in a unique location and to gain practical experience in excavation, bioarchaeology and historical archaeology at a site of global significance.
Spain: Modern Warfare
Dates: July 1, 2018 - August 1, 2018
Application Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
Description: Instructors: Dr. Alfredo González-Ruibal, Xurxo Ayán Vila, Salvatore Garfi, Víctor M. Fernández 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at In this field school students have the opportunity to participate in the historical and ongoing “Battle for Madrid” research study. This is part of a long-term project examining the archaeology of conflict in Spain, covering the civil war (1936-1939) and the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975). The project aims to understand the social experience of institutional and non-institutional violence and political repression using material culture as its main source. The project, which started in 2006, has examined a variety of war and postwar scenarios, from battlefields to social housing. The Spanish Civil War is the perfect place to understand modern mass violence through its archaeological signatures. The 2017 season intends to deploy a variety of state-of-the-art archaeological techniques to document and analyze the remains of the war and postwar period in and around Madrid. Among other places, we will be excavating two 19th-century buildings that saw heavy action between international pro-government soldiers and rebel troops in 1936. These buildings were bombed out and never reconstructed, thus offering a unique archaeological window into the war. This project excavates literally and metaphorically the myths of the Spanish Civil War that captured the worlds imagination and those of the dictatorship that followed.
UK: Pendle Hill Witches
Dates: June 16, 2018 - July 21, 2018
Application Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
Description: Instructor: Prof. Charles E. Orser, Jr. 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at The trial and subsequent execution of ten alleged witches in 1612 is the most famous witchcraft event in English history. Scholars have long wrestled with issues surrounding witchcraft and magic, with the Pendle Hill story featuring prominently. Investigations have focused on multiple aspects of the social, economic, and political conditions of the early 17th century, but this is the first concerted effort to use anthropological archaeology to examine the material basis of witchcraft, the integration of traditional healers in society, and the material conditions of everyday life in Lancashire in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Greenland: Arctic Vikings
Dates: July 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018
Application Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
Description: Instructor: Dr. Hans H. Harmsen 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at Site NKAH 5500 contains the remains of a Norse farm nestled in the Vatnahverfi Region of South Greenland. Vikings from Iceland settled this area in the 10th century AD and for many centuries survived by raising livestock, farming and hunting. Although there are many theories why the Norse abandoned Greenland in the mid-1400’s, many questions remain unanswered. A few centuries later, colonial era Inuit farmers resettled Vatnahverfi and created a way of life very similar to the Norse—a way of life that continues to this day. This cultural landscape was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July of 2017 and bears witness to a rich and vibrant history of human adaptation to the land and sea in the circumpolar North. This cultural heritage is now under severe threat. Only a few decades ago, preservation of archaeological materials—such as bone and wood—was outstanding due to the cool dry climate and permafrost in South Greenland. Conditions are now quickly changing. Warming soil temperatures, erosion and human impacts are threatening Greenland’s archaeological record. NKAH 5500 represents one of the few remaining Norse sites in South Greenland where preservation is still relatively high and urgent attention is needed to document what is left before it is gone. This field school is a four-week adventure in a rugged environment that will provide students with a crash course in Arctic Archaeology. Students will learn how to identify sites and features through landscape survey, perform “keyhole” excavations and learn how to document their observations quickly and efficiently. Students will not only learn about archaeological field methods but will have the chance to interact with the local community and gain insight into emerging issues of global climate change impact on cultural resources in the Arctic. Due to the urgency of the situation at NKAH 5500, emphasis will be placed on rapid and efficient intervention techniques in the field. This program is RPA certified (Register of Professional Archaeologists) and will benefit students who plan to pursue cultural resource management work in the future.
Bulgaria: Underwater Mesambria
Dates: May 25, 2018 - June 21, 2018
Application Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
Description: Instructor: Dr. Nayden Prahov 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at The field school provides a comprehensive introduction to and training in underwater archaeology through participation in an ongoing research project: discovering the submerged heritage of ancient Mesambria, present-day Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. The training will include various underwater archaeology and interdisciplinary practices: underwater reconnaissance survey, archaeological excavations, underwater photography, photogrammetry and 3D modeling, mapping and recording of submerged archaeological structures and monuments, marine geophysical survey, creating a GIS database, etc. Our research aims to fill in the gaps in our scientific knowledge about the fortification system of Mesambria and its harbors, the coastal landscape changes and the Black Sea level fluctuation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages as well as the human adaptation and reaction. Nessebar, a historic town with rich cultural heritage, is a famous tourist spot. Today, significant parts of the ancient town are below sea level. Remains of fortification walls, towers, staircases, gates and other structures from Classical and Hellenistic period, Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages were traced in various sectors around the peninsula. The dynamic coastal landscape of the town makes it an ideal location for experiencing multiple aspects of Maritime Archaeology and a perfect education base for teaching and training archaeology students. The field school aims to broaden the knowledge of our participants, refine their skills and thus enhance their career in Maritime Archaeology. It is open to students who hold Open Water Diving Certificate (any world-wide recognized training organization).
Achill Archaeological Field School 2018
Dates: May 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Organization: Achill Archaeological Field School 2018
University Affiliation: National University of Ireland, Galway
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Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No

Achill Archaeological Field School 2018

The Achill Archaeological Field School, founded in 1991, is a premier training school for students of archaeology and anthropology and an accredited Field School of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Our mission is to promote the discipline of archaeology through academic and field-based study programmes for national and overseas students that combine in-depth training with state-of-the art archaeological research. The work of the Field School contributes enormously to the understanding, promotion and safeguarding of the local archaeological resource.

Program Content

The field school offers 2, 4, 6 and 12 week courses that come with 3, 6, and 9 semester credit hours (6, 12, 18 ECTS). All our courses are accredited through the National University of Ireland, Galway. The courses cover a full range of excavation and surveying techniques including photogrammetry, EDM survey, artefact and environmental processing, GIS, and illustration preparation. Our courses include field trips, guided tours and guest lectures, as well as a series of specialist workshops by guest experts.

Keem Bay

May & June 2018

In May and June 2018 we will return to the site of a pre-Famine village perched above the breath-taking Keem Bay on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The village of Keem was in existence from at least the mid-18th century and by 1838 it had c.40 buildings. For over one hundred years Keem was a busy settlement of farmers, fishers, and wool spinners. The village met its tragic demise during the great Irish Famine (1845-52) and its small dwellings were subsequently demolished. Between 2009 and 2017 AAFS has excavated three dwellings at Keem. This ongoing research provides an unparalleled glimpse into everyday life in pre-Famine Ireland, and offers a significant challenge to popular perceptions of the period. In 2018 we will excavate a fourth house at Keem, focusing on what we argue is the oldest part of the village.

Caraun Point

July & August 2018

In July and August we will begin an exciting new excavation at Caraun Point, on the northern coast of Achill Island. Caraun Point is a small sand-covered peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. It is well-known for its rich archaeological remains, including an early medieval enclosure, a children’s burial ground, shell middens, and a number of stone buildings of unknown date eroding out of the sand dunes. In 2018 we will target one of these small stone buildings for excavation. The recovery of a dedicatory stone dated AD1618 suggests a 17th century date for the origin of the village; the excavation will answer some important questions about the development of vernacular settlements and building traditions on Ireland’s Atlantic coast.

Achill Scholarship 2018

For the first time in 2018 Achill Archaeological Field School will offer two $2000 scholarships for any of our 6-week or 12-week accredited excavation courses. The bursaries, which can be offset against course fees, aim to support students in their field school journey of discovery. Applicants for the scholarship should submit a 500 word statement outlining why they wish to study at the Achill Archaeological Field School accompanied by a CV. Students must have applied and completed enrolment at the Achill Archaeological Field School before the scholarship deadline of April 30 2018. Applications should be sent to with subject title Scholarship.

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Forensic Anthropology Field School in Albania and Romania
Dates: May 15, 2018 - June 7, 2018
University Affiliation: Utica
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No

Albania’s magnificent archaeological site at Butrint National Park is one of two primary locations for Utica College’s 15th annual Forensic Anthropology Field School course, which also includes six days in Bucharest, Romania and two days at Corfu, Greece. A truly unique international experience, ours is the only anthropology field school where participants live in three different countries and explore three fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites. No previous experience with human skeletal remains is required and participants are not required to enroll in the course to join the program. Undergraduates and graduate students may choose to enroll at the reduced tuition of $900 for the six-credit course (ANT 347/547)

Taught both at Butrint and at the Francisc I. Rainer Anthropology Institute in Bucharest, this program emphasizes practical techniques of forensic analyses from the field to the laboratory, bioarchaeology, and paleopathological diagnosis using a wide range of adult and immature human remains from numerous sites and collections. Our program faculty members encourage and guide student research during the trip with the goal of preparing participants to make presentations at professional conferences. See the range of previous student presentations at:

Unlike other field schools, the program fee includes virtually all of your meals during the entire trip and airfare between Greece and Romania. We stay only in full-service hotels located in the hearts of Tirana, Corfu, and Bucharest and at the main gate of Butrint. More than 150 students from over 80 US and international colleges and universities have participated in Utica College’s program since 2004, many of whom later returned to conduct their own graduate research.

Co-taught by a forensic anthropologist and bioarchaeologist (Thomas A. Crist, Ph.D., FAAFS), a historical archaeologist (Kathleen L. Wheeler, Ph.D.), and a medical anthropologist (John H. Johnsen, Ph.D.), course topics also include forensic archaeology; cross-cultural health and healing; Roman and Balkan history; mortuary archaeology; human anatomy, mass fatality incident planning; cultural resources management; public outreach; and heritage tourism. Albanian archaeologists and the physical anthropologists at the Rainer Anthropology Institute join us to present specialized lectures, demonstrations, and site tours.

For more details and videos about the program, we invite you to visit our web page at or contact Thomas A. Crist, Harold T. Clark, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and Anatomy, at

The Archaeology of Ireland’s Early Modern Period
Dates: May 26, 2018 - June 30, 2018
Organization: Education Abroad
University Affiliation: University of Maryland
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Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No

You will explore 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 Center and members of the local community, you 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.
Stay in shared accomodations in Skibbereen in a rental house with a full kitchen and living/common room.
You will be enrolled in the following six (6) credit UMD course: ANTH496.

Stephen Brighton is the program director and will lead students throughout the program. Associate Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at UMD, Dr. Brighton has worked both in Ireland and the US to create a material database to compare and contrast the formation of Irish identity at home and abroad.
For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact Stephen Brighton at
For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs:

Achill Island, Mayo, Ireland
Dates: May 7, 2018 - August 24, 2018
Organization: National University of Ireland Galway
University Affiliation: National University of Ireland Galway
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No

Keem Bay. A Late Medieval house is located within a deserted village that originally comprised 41 houses and associated field systems. Nearby is a Penal Altar and Ogham stones were found on the banks of the Bunowna River which runs west of the site.

Caraun Point. A dedicatory stone with an inscription of AD 1683 suggests a 17th Century date for the stone houses.The excavation will answer some important questions about vernacular settlements and building traditions of Ireland.