2017 Fields Schools

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Canada and the United States

University of Tennessee, Archaeological Field School at Coan Hall, Virginia

Dates: June 1-June 30, 2017

The project explores the landscape of an early British colonial plantation through documenting and interpreting cultural and environmental changes, and studying them in the context of broader changes in the region and the wider Atlantic world.
Historic St. Mary’s City 2017 Historical Archaeology Field School
St. Mary’s City, Maryland
Dates: May 30 – August 5
Credits: 8 (Anthropology or History)
Costs: $1,600 tuition, plus $75 fee (housing and meal plans available at additional cost)

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC), in association with St. Mary’s College of Maryland, announces its 2017 field school in historical archaeology. The 2017 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.

Institute for Field Research

US-CT: Mohegan: The Mohegan field school studies colonial-era sites on the Mohegan Reservation in an innovative collaborative setting learn more
US-NC: Moonshine: The Moonshine Archaeology Project is attempting to quantify whiskey production by studying material remains of distilleries operated at the Cataloochee area of Haywood County, in North Carolina. learn more
Canada: Fort Vermilion: This field school 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. learn more

Jamestown Archaeology Field School 2017, Jamestown, Virginia
May 30-July 7, 2017; 6 credits; applications due: April 14, 2017
Website: http://historicjamestowne.org/archaeology/field-school-2017/

Jamestown’s Field School provides a unique opportunity for students to make a contribution to the research and interpretation of early 17th-century English-America. The Field School, jointly offered by the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation and the University of Virginia, introduces participants to the methods and theories of American historical archaeology through hands-on fieldwork. Students will be helping to expand our understanding of the site of James Fort (1607-1624) as well as the events of 1619, which include the first representative assembly meeting and the arrival of the first Africans. Over the course of the Field School, students will learn excavation and recording procedures as well as how to identify and interpret 17th-century European and Native American artifacts. The Field School will include field trips and weekly seminars exploring recent contributions of historical archaeology to colonial history, new methods in field recording and interpretation, and a survey of the recent literature in the discipline. Both novice and experienced students will learn practical archaeological skills and the course is also an excellent educational opportunity for teachers seeking recertification in the social studies content area.

Gratiot’s Grove Archaeological Field School, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

May 24-June 14, 2017; applications due: March 15, 2017

This excavation and field school will take place at the site of Gratiot’s Grove, the center of a vibrant 19th century multi-ethnic mining community located near Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Our goal is to learn more about the lives of miners, settlers and native communities living at or near Gratiot’s Grove via archaeological and archival research. This field school offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in an academic research project. No experience is necessary, and students will learn basic field and laboratory methods in archaeology while investigating the history of this fascinating archaeological site. For more information please contact Dr. Guido Pezzarossi: gpezzaro@maxwell.syr.edu. Application deadline is March 15.

Link to the Facebook page for the field school: https://www.facebook.com/gratiotgrovearch/

Fort Saint-Jean Archaeological Field School
July 10-August 11, 2017; Application Deadline: April 21st, 2017
6 Credits at Université Laval

Join us for a five-week archaeological field school at Fort Saint-Jean, Québec – a military post occupied by Euro-Americans from 1666 to the present day. Université Laval, in partnership with the Fort Saint-Jean Museum, offers a program of comprehensive training and experience in field and laboratory methods and public outreach. Surrounded by 18th century ramparts on the grounds of the Royal Military College, Saint-Jean, the team will investigate the archaeology of a site essential to American/Canadian history and relations. Over the past seven seasons, the field schools have uncovered remains ranging from pre-contact Native American artifacts through military signatures dating from the 17th to the 19th century. American and Canadian students will work together in a French/English bilingual environment, taught by a team of American and Canadian archaeologists. Tuition of $2,700 US includes six credits at Université Laval, housing, and six meals a week.

Contact: Andrew R. Beaupré (arbeaupre@email.wm.edu) – (802) 466- 4491, http://www.museedufortsaintjean.ca

Yama Project Field School
July 3 – August 24, 2017

The project will attract students with the following interests: Students who seek professional training in archaeological field and laboratory methods. Students who seek training in CRM. Students needing archaeology field training for future graduate-level programs. Students who are interested in learning how archaeological data relates to behavior data. Students interested in the early immigration history of the Pacific Northwest. Students with a desire to learn about adaptation and early village life of Japanese in the US. Students interested in preservation and protection of archaeological sites. Students interested in research dealing with data collection, analysis and interpretation. Students interested in public archaeology.

Olympic College, Yama Project
Project size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 8 weeks
Minimum age: 18
Experience required: No academic experience necessary. Volunteers need to contact the Field School Director for public participation information.
Room and Board Arrangements: Local students may reside in their own home.
Campus housing is also available: Application fee: $150Damage Deposit: $150
$500 monthly, prorated 60 +/- days, $16.67 per day. See website for further details and application; prices subject to change. http://ocreslife.weebly.com/
Cost: Tuition cost only; Scholarships available, visit The Washboard to register and apply or contact the OC Foundation at (360) 475-7120
Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: Olympic College
Number of credits offered 12
Tuition: $1,174.38 (WA Resident) $1,314.40 (Non-Resident) $2,908.76 (International) *Listed tuition costs are subject to change
Contact: Field School Instructor and Director Floyd Aranyosi faranyosi@olympic.edu

Fort Yamhill Field School
July 3 – August 23, 2017

Please join us for Dr. David Brauner’s last field school! This summer, OSU will be conducting an 8-week field school at the hospital site of Fort Yamhill, Oregon, military fort that operated between 1856 and 1866. This fort was one of three built to monitor and guard the Coastal Indian Reservation that is now known as the Grand Ronde Reservation. This site offers a unique perspective of military life through the eyes of its medical staff that served not only the men stationed at Fort Yamhill, but also Native Americans, and settlers. Dr. David Brauner will be leading full block excavations of this site, exposing features that were partially uncovered during the 2016 field season. Students will learn how to conduct full, academic level, excavations, identify historical materials, and learn artifact preservation and curation techniques that are essential for a career in archaeology. No prior experience is necessary. For information, please contact dbrauner@oregonstate.edu. Applications are due by June 15th.  Download the field school flyer at: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/sites/liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/files/anthropology/arch_field_school/fort_yamhill_field_school_flyer_2017_final.pdf.pdf

Fort Massachusetts Field School
June 19-July 26, 2017

The Fort Massachusetts Field School in Fort Garland, CO runs from June 19 – July 26 (three 10-day sessions with two 4-day breaks in between), and we are offering six undergraduate OR graduate credits for a total of $800, plus travel and living expenses. We are located six miles north of Fort Garland on a private ranch, and we camp on site for the duration of the field school. Fort Massachusetts was the first US military post in what would become the state of Colorado, occupied from 1852 to 1858. For more information, please see https://www.adams.edu/academics/fieldschool/, or email fortmass@adams.edu with questions.

Archaeology Lab Program
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Cortez, CO
October 1–7, 2017

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center conducts archaeological research in the heart of Mesa Verde country, in Cortez, Colorado. During a typical field season, thousands of artifacts and samples come into Crow Canyon’s archaeological lab from our dig sites. The story of the past begins to come together only when these artifacts and samples are carefully processed and studied.

During the Crow Canyon Lab Program you will learn valuable real-world lab skills and contribute to our ongoing research by learning and putting into practice a variety of analysis techniques. Depending on the current project needs, lab procedures may include: artifact washing and sorting, pottery analysis, chipped stone analysis, ornament analysis and replication, design analysis of pottery, projectile point analysis, or flotation processing to look for plant remains. By conducting these studies, you will learn what artifact analysis reveals about the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people of the Mesa Verde region.

Students will visit our current dig site, part of our Northern Chaco Outliers Project. You will also visit the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding, UT, complete with a behind-the-scenes collection tour. You’ll work alongside, and learn from, leading archaeologists in the lab and during evening presentations.

The program includes meals and lodging at our campus in Cortez, CO. 

Tuition: $1,720, Deposit: $400, Balance due: August 25, 2017

For more information visit: http://www.crowcanyon.org/index.php/programs-for-adults-families/archaeology-lab-program
To register online go to: https://4454pp.blackbaudhosting.com/4454pp/2017-Archaeology-Lab-Program-October-1-7-Deposit
Email: programs@crowcanyon.org
Or call 800.422.8975, ext. 451
Application deadline September 1, 2017. Applications accepted until September 20 dependent on available space.

Fields Schools in Central, South America and the Caribbean

Institute for Field Research
Mexico: Oaxaca – Pacific Rim: Students will conduct interactive exercises in ceremonial centers and off-the-beaten track archaeological sites and museums, learn to decipher and employ Indigenous pictorial documents and European maps, experience urban and rural lifestyles in various geographical zones, visit sacred sites where rituals are still being performed today, and actively participate in local festivities. learn more

Field School in Maritime Archaeology – Bermuda
July 24 – August 11, 2017

The Summer Field School in Maritime Archaeology is a research expedition conducted in Bermuda by faculty of the University of Rhode Island in conjunction with the Institute for Western Maritime Archaeology. The field school is a research-based learning experience that will expose students to a variety of activities including archival research, artifact conservation, archaeological survey, and underwater excavation and documentation of historic shipwrecks.

The field school is hosted by the National Museum of Bermuda and will be conducted from July 24 – Aug 11, 2017. Students will participate in each of three research modules over the course of the field school: archaeological survey and documentation of historic shipwrecks, archival research in the Bermuda National Archives, and laboratory training in the museum’s conservation facility. Students will attend periodic evening lectures on such topics as archaeological methods, archaeological survey (magnetometer and visual survey), ship construction, site excavation and mapping, analysis of archaeological data, conservation of waterlogged artifacts.

Bermuda is an island about 20 miles long located 650 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The island was visited by Spanish mariners during the 16th century but was not settled until the 17th century, when English colonists started to migrate to the New World. For hundreds of years, navigators used the island as a final sighting before they headed out across the Atlantic. Today, the island’s economy is based on offshore banking and tourism, the latter being an industry enhanced by the warm clear waters and extensive reef system that surround the island.

Our focus in 2017 is to conduct preliminary investigation of a 17th century wreck associated with Bermuda’s early settlement, and to continue our reconnaissance surveys to identify the locations of previously unstudied historic shipwrecks.

Course enrollment is limited to 12 students due to housing and boat limitations. There are no academic prerequisites, and prior archaeological experience or knowledge of Bermuda is not required, but all participants in the field school must obtain both scuba certification and training as an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Scientific Diver in Training prior to the beginning of the field school and must have their own diving equipment (tanks and weights will be provided). Any recognized recreational scuba certification (PADI, NAUI, SSI) will be acceptable. Training to achieve AAUS Scientific Diver-in-Training status can be arranged through the University of Rhode Island if a student’s home college or university is not affiliated with AAUS. Contact Dr. Mather or Dr. Allan (see below) to discuss arrangements for this training.

Students will receive 3-6 undergraduate or graduate credits in history. The field school meets many of the fieldwork requirements for anthropology and archaeology majors at universities in the United States and beyond

For an application or additional information regarding application procedures, tuition, and travel, please log on to http://www.uri.edu/international/bermuda or contact Professor Roderick Mather of the University of Rhode Island History Department <rodmather@mail.uri.edu> or Professor James M. Allan of Saint Mary’s College <jallan@stmarys-ca.edu>, who are the co-directors of the program. For information about AAUS training contact Anya Hanson at anyahanson@uri.edu

Fields Schools in Europe

Island Life in Pre-Famine Ireland: Achill Archaeological Field School
8 May–30 June 2017
Course Duration: 2-6 weeks
Academic Credit: 3-9 Semester Credits
Website: https://achill-fieldschool.com/archaeology-field-school-courses

Since 1991, Achill Archaeological Field School has been engaged in the study of historic settlement on Achill Island off Ireland’s west coast. The School offers a range of archaeological survey and excavation courses, with up to 9 Semester Credits available from the National University of Ireland, Galway. In May and June 2017 we will be continuing a multi-year project on the site of a cleared 18th-19th century communal village on the western tip of the island. The settlement comprised c.40 dwellings, and was cleared in the 1850s, after the great Irish famine. The project seeks to understand everyday island life in Achill during the 18th and 19th centuries. The course includes weekly field trips, gust lectures, and specialist courses in finds illustration, ceramics analysis and GIS.

Forensic Anthropology Field School in Albania and Romania
Dates: May 16-June 8, 2017

Albania’s magnificent archaeological site at Butrint National Park is one of two primary locations for Utica College’s 14th annual Forensic Anthropology Field School course, which also includes five 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 for six credits at the reduced tuition of $900.

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: www.utica.edu/academic/international/butrint/presentations.cfm

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 65 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 medical anthropologist (John H. Johnsen, Ph.D.), and a classical archaeologist (Michael D. Washburn, M.A.), 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; 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 www.utica.edu/butrint or contact Thomas A. Crist, Harold T. Clark Professor of Anthropology and Anatomy, at Tcrist@utica.edu/315-792-3390.

Institute for Field Research
Denmark: Hågerup: This project involves the systematic, research driven excavation and bioarchaeological investigation of human skeletal remains from the cemetery of Hågerup, which spans the period from the 12th through to the 16th centuries CE in Denmark. learn more
Ireland: Blackfriary: The Blackfriary Community Archaeology Project is a unique, hands-on opportunity for students to excavate the buried remains of a 13th century Dominican friary in the town of Trim, County Meath, Ireland learn more
Ireland: Inishark: This field school offers students the opportunity to learn about the rich history, heritage and archaeology of Ireland, excavating on the uninhabited island of Inishark, Co. Galway, Ireland. learn more
Ireland: Spike Island: This field school is part of an ongoing research project that examines the archaeology of the 19th century prison on Spike Island, Ireland’s Alcatraz. learn more
Spain: Modern Warfare: In this field school students have the opportunity to participate in the historical and ongoing “Battle for Madrid” research study; examining the archaeology of conflict in Spain, covering the civil war (1936-1939) and the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975). learn more
United Kingdom: Ribchester: This field school examines a Roman fort was established in CE 72-3 as an auxiliary cavalry fort on the north bank of the river Ribble, in Lancashire’s beautiful Ribble valley. It was first constructed by the twentieth legion, then occupied by the Ala II Asturum a Spanish auxiliary unit. learn more

Fields Schools in Australia

Learn More at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/field-schools-&-intensives/field-schools-and-short-courses/field-schools-and-short-courses_home.cfm 

Willow Court Asylum, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
February 7-13, 2017, Flinders University

Human Osteology Laboratory Intensive
October 30 – November 3, 2017, Flinders University
Learn more at http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/field-schools-&-intensives/field-schools-and-short-courses/human-osteology.cfm 

Introductory Archaeological Geophysics, Adelaide, Australia
September 18-29, 2017, Flinders University 

Ethnoarchaeology Port Lincoln, Australia
April 10-14, 2017, Flinders University

Conservation Practicum Adelaide, Australia
September 18-29, 2017, Flinders University

Cultural Heritage and the Law Summer School – Adelaide, Australia
February 6-10, 2017, Flinders University

Maritime Archaeology Field Sschool
Philip Island, Victoria, Australia
January 27 – February 12, 2017, Flinders University