- 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.
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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.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES OF THIS PROGRAM
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.
SITE & EXCAVATION SCHEDULE
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.
ELIGIBILITY & PREREQUISITES
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 Australia/New Zealand
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
T: +61 3 6226 6365
- 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
Field Schools in Europe
The Achill Archaeological Field School is Ireland’s oldest field school and has over 25 years of experience in training archaeology and anthropology students. Located on Achill Island on Ireland’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way, the field school combines top quality education with unforgettable experiences. We offer twelve-, eight-, six-, four-, and two-week courses between May and September. Our courses come with up to 9 Semester Credits/ 18 ECTS provided by the National University of Ireland Galway. The school provides hands-on training in excavation and surveying for archaeology and anthropology students. Courses cover a full range of excavation methods, recording techniques, and lab work. Field-based learning is supplemented by weekly field trips to local sites and monuments, and provides a series of evening lectures and workshops on topics of historical and archaeological interest.
In summer 2019 our training excavation will be at Caraun Point, a multi-period archaeological complex located on a sand-covered promontory on Achill’s north-east coast. The settlement complex includes an early medieval enclosure, multiple shell middens, a children’s burial ground, and a deserted early modern village. During initial work in 2018 we excavated one of the houses from the village and part of a shell midden. The dig yielded fascinating evidence for life in 18th century Achill, but many questions remain. In 2019 we will return to Caraun Point for the full season. Work will comprise thorough instrument survey, surface survey and excavation at the site, focusing on the early modern village. Students will also have a chance to participate in our public archaeology programme.
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