Field Schools in Asia

India: Himalayan Myths and Reality
Dates: July 15, 2018 - August 15, 2018
Organization: ifrglobal.org
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 ifrglobal.org 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
Organization: ifrglobal.org
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 ifrglobal.org 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.

Field Schools in Canada

Canada: Fort Vermilion
Dates: July 1, 2018 - July 28, 2018
Organization: ifrglobal.org
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 ifrglobal.org 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
Organization: ifrglobal.org
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
Description: Instructors: Dr. Denis Shine, Dr. Stephen Mandal 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at ifrglobal.org 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 ifrglobal.org 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
Organization: ifrglobal.org
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 ifrglobal.org 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
Organization: ifrglobal.org
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 ifrglobal.org 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
Organization: ifrglobal.org
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 ifrglobal.org 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
Organization: ifrglobal.org
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 ifrglobal.org 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
Organization: ifrglobal.org
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 ifrglobal.org 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 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
Description:

May/June.
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.

July/August.
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.

Field Schools in United States

MONTICELLO – UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL
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
Description:

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: http://www.monticello.org/fs

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
Description:

Programs

  • 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 www.karstfieldstudies.com.

If you have any questions please contact the Karst Field Studies Director, Dr. Leslie North, at leslie.north@wku.edu.
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US-CO: Amache
Dates: June 10, 2018 - July 14, 2018
Organization: ifrglobal.org
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 ifrglobal.org 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.
US-CT: Mohegan
Dates: June 20, 2018 - July 27, 2018
Organization: ifrglobal.org
Terrestrial: Yes
Underwater: No
State: null
Description: Instructor: Dr. Craig N. Cipolla 8 Semester credits. Scholarships. Open to all majors. More details at ifrglobal.org 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.