2016 Fields Schools
Salve Regina University at Charleston, SC May 29 – June 25, 2016
Eleventh Annual University of Florida Historical Archaeological Field School. Summer Session A: May 9-June 17
Archaeology Field School at Sherwood Forest Plantation. May 16 – June 17th 2016
University of Tennessee 2016 Archaeological Field School at Coan Hall, Virginia, June 2-July 6, 2016
Fort Yamhill Field School, Archaeological Excavations at Civil War-Era U.S. Army Military Hospital, Oregon State University, June 28 – August 5, 2016. Access the application here.
The James Madison’s Montpelier Archaeology Department will be hosting 2 4-week long field schools this summer. These excavations will focus on exploring and locating the yards and structures of the domestic slave quarters that were in use during the 19th century. These field schools will provide students with extensive field and lab experience. The excavation site is very close to the main house so they will also learn how to talk and educate the public.
Course Credit: Students have the option to receive 4 academic course credits from James Madison University or 5 credits from SUNY Plattsburgh. We also allow students to take the course for no credit!
Scholarships for African American Students: Scholarships are available to African American students to cover the expenses charged by Montpelier. These include housing and equipment fees. Visit the website for more information.
Lodging: Housing is available on the property for field school students at Arlington House. Sleeping facilities are dormitory style with rooms being separated by gender. Arlington House comes equipped with: Kitchens, Laundry facilities, Wifi.
Internship: We offer paid internships for those that have completed our field schools. They are offered on a limited and competitive basis based on field school performance and an interview conducted near the end of their field school. Interns work through the end of the summer, and have the option to stay on as long term interns through the fall and into the spring. Interns can remain at Arlington House, free of charge.
If you are interested in the internship, the first field school offers the best opportunity for an extended summer experience. Internship possibilities for those taking the second field school are more limited unless you can stay into the fall.
Applying: If you are looking for more information about the field school or are interested in applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive application information. Applications are due by March 21st but are accepted on a rolling basis so the earlier you get them in, the better chance you have at being accepted!
Archaeology of Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities
June 8 to July 12, 2016, Five weeks, six credits, Anth 454-CF and Anth 455-CF
Instructor: Chris Fennell
Join us at the Pottersville site for archaeology in the summer of 2016! We return for another season of field research on the amazing heritage and history of Edgefield pottery production. Our 2016 investigations will focus on the areas of the turning shed and pug mill, which were located just down-slope from the extraordinary “dragon” kiln built there circa 1815.
Students will work in supervised teams, learning to uncover the archaeological record as members of an investigative team, with skills employed by professional archaeologists. You receive training in the techniques of surveying, interpreting geophysical and LiDAR data, excavations, mapping, artifact classification, and contextual interpretations. Laboratory processing and analysis will also be ongoing during the field season. Evening talks by project staff, visiting archaeologists, and historians will focus on the history and heritage of Edgefield and how field data are used to answer archaeological and historical research questions. Lodging will be provided at the beautiful Edgefield Inn.
For more information and to download an application form, please see our project web site at Edgefield
2016 Michigan Tech Archaeological Field School, June 27 to August 11, 2016.
Memorial University Tors Cove Field School, Summer 2016
Anthracite Heritage Project Archaeological Field School (University of Maryland), Summer 2016
Olympic College is offering a field research course in archaeology field methods and techniques at the historic site of Yama (45KP105) on Bainbridge Island, WA. Yama is one of the best preserved Japanese immigrant village sites in the Pacific Northwest. The settlement was occupied over an approximate 40-year period from 1883 to 1920s. The Field School will include systematic surface survey, feature analysis, and limited test excavation. Students learn the principles of site survey, proper recording of provenience, artifact recovery, laboratory analysis, and cataloging. The field school runs from July 5-August 25.
Jamestown Rediscovery Field School
May 23rd – July 1st
You can be part of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project’s ongoing mission to excavate, interpret, preserve, conserve, and research findings from the site of England’s first successful colony in North America. Both the untrained and the experienced student can learn practical archaeological skills and earn 6 course credits from the six-week Field School. The Field School teaches methods of fieldwork in American historical archaeology and also provides an excellent educational opportunity for teachers seeking recertification in the social studies content area.
In the course of excavations, students will learn to identify and interpret 17th-century European and Native American artifacts, and will expose and investigate features directly related to James Fort (1607-1624). The Jamestown Rediscovery team has already mapped thousands of archaeological features such as post holes, ditches, wells, foundations, graves, and pits and unearthed more than 2 million artifacts. 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 will include weekly seminars and field trips 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 field, including new publications by the Field School directors and senior staff.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive six graduate credits. Students will attend classes 40 hours a week (Monday-Friday) with most of that time spent on site during excavation. Strenuous daily activity will require physical endurance and excellent health. Students also will gain experience in the Jamestown Rediscovery laboratory, spending time processing and learning to identify artifacts from the early Anglo-American settlement period. Students will be required to keep a journal of their field, lab, and seminar work.
William M. Kelso, Ph.D., (Hon.) CBE, FSA
Monticello-University of Virginia Archaeological Field School
Archaeology of Chesapeake Slavery and LandscapeAnthropology 5889
Six week session: June 6 – July 15, 2016
Monticello’s Department of Archaeology and the University of Virginia are pleased to offer a six-week archaeological field school at Monticello from June 6 through July 15, 2015. We accept applications from undergraduate and graduate students. A current or previous affiliation with UVA is not required to attend the field school. The Monticello-UVA field school offers a hands-on introduction to basic excavation, recording, and laboratory techniques in archaeology. The course emphasizes a scientific, multidisciplinary approach to doing landscape and household archaeology. It also provides the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research into the ecological and social dynamics that unfolded on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Plantation in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Technical topics covered include survey and excavation strategies as well as the analytical possibilities for ceramics, faunal remains, plant phytoliths and pollen, deposits and the sediments they contain, soils, tree rings, and spatial distributions of artifacts across sites and larger landscapes.
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 18, 2016.
DU Amache Project Historical Archaeology and Museum Studies Field School, June 9 – July 16, 2016
Coastal Carolina University ANTH 396: Historical Archaeology Field School, May 9 – June 3, 2016
Landscapes of War, The Archaeology of the Rogue River wars, SOU 2016 summer field school, July 5 – 30, 2016. Download the flyer SOULA Field School 2016.
Archaeological Field School in Plymouth, Massachusetts, May 31 – July 1, 2016
The field class will take place at a series of sites in Plymouth, Massachusetts as part of “Project 400: The Plymouth Colony Archaeological Survey,” a broad project of site survey and excavation leading up the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Colony in 2020. This summer’s focus will be on surface reconnaissance and mapping, shallow geophysical remote sensing, and test excavations in downtown Plymouth, looking for any preserved remains of the original 17th century settlement. Through daily archaeological fieldwork and laboratory analysis students will learn the process of field recording, mapping, excavation, sample collection, and basic artifact analysis in historical archaeology. The course includes a special emphasis on shallow geophysics for mapping subsurface deposits, and students will learn how these techniques are applied to site analysis, excavation, and interpretation. A series of trips to local museums and sites is included as part of the class.
For more information please contact: Dr. David Landon, p: 617.287.6835, e:email@example.com
Project website: http://www.fiskecenter.umb.edu/Projects/Project%20400.html
Download an application: https://www.umb.edu/editor_uploads/images/caps/Smr16_FieldStudy_Plymouth.pdf
Archaeological Field School at Cremona Estate
June 6 to July 15, 2016
Join the St. Mary’s College Anthropology Department for their annual archaeological
field school. 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. The Program link is: http://www.smcm.edu/anthropology/2016/01/archaeological-field-school-at-cremona-estate/
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; 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 6 week program. 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.
Applications are due by March 15, 2016. For more information including how to apply:
Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
University of Virginia
Anthropology 5589 (6 credits)
June 6 – July 15, 2016
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and the University of Virginia are pleased to offer the 27th annual Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology. The field school provides a foundation in the current methods and theories of historical archaeology and offers a solid introduction to the practical skills of site survey, excavation, recording, and laboratory procedures. Students will actively participate in our ongoing interpretation of archaeology to the public. In the summer of 2016, field school participants will excavate sites associated with Poplar Forest’s enslaved residents as we attempt to better understand their lives by looking at the places they worked and lived. The primary site for this summer’s research will be the location of a slave quarter occupied in the mid-1800s. Students will work with the professional staff to locate structural features related to these quarters in order to better understand the size and layout of the buildings that once stood here. Artifacts and environmental evidence found at this site will also provide information about the daily lives of the people who lived on this portion of the plantation. Our discoveries can be compared with three quarters already excavated at Poplar Forest, allowing us to trace the history of slavery and how it changed at Poplar Forest over time.
Students will spend 40 hours a week at Poplar Forest, with most of the time split between the excavation site and the archaeology laboratory. Participants will have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and software, including a total station for recording field information, a database system containing both the archaeological artifact and context records, and a complete inventory of over 2,500 historical documents relating to Poplar Forest. The program includes weekly readings on topics in historical archaeology and lectures by staff and noted authorities covering such topics as landscape history, plantation life, material culture, professional opportunities in historical archaeology, and the role of public archaeology. As part of the program, students will participate in a half-day workshop on architectural restoration and preservation philosophy. On-site work is supplemented by field trips to sites where historical archaeology is under way. Students will be asked to observe and evaluate strategies used by these sites to incorporate archaeology into their public interpretation.
All undergraduate and graduate students who take the field school will receive a scholarship from Poplar Forest. This grant covers half of the University of Virginia tuition charge. No previous experience in archaeology is required.
To apply online, please visit http://www.poplarforest.org/programs/archaeology-field-school. The application deadline is April 18, 2016.
In 2016 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will conduct its 32nd annual archaeological field school in conjunction with the College of William & Mary. This summer we will offer two five-week (ANTH225 / 425) field schools in historical archaeology (6-credits). Session 1 takes place between May 31 and July 1, 2016 and session 2 is between July 5 and August 5, 2016. Students registered in the archaeological field school will learn excavation techniques and recording, as well as the identification of common eighteenth-century artifacts. They will be introduced to archaeology’s specialties, including Conservation, Public Archaeology, and Zooarchaeology, through lectures and required reading.
Participants can register for the program through the College of William and Mary:
For more program details, please email Mark Kostro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Africans in the British Virgin Islands, June 2016
This unique field school opportunity located in the Caribbean will investigate the events of Free African Communities and the lives of the African-descended peoples of the British Virgin Islands. Even after the 1838 emancipation in the British colonies, former slaves faced incredible obstacles. Many of these stemming from race-based legal restrictions aimed at keeping the economic and political slavery-era status quo intact. All of these contexts were important for the cultural life of the Caribbean, but they have received little study by historical archaeologists, who have tended to focus on large sugar plantations. In addition to being important in their own right—having a “story” which deserves to be told and is little-recorded in historic texts—the goals of this multi-year, multi-site project are to evaluate the creative cultural negotiations of pre-emancipation free and quasi-free communities. The goal and responsibility of this field school is to give voice to their story and highlight their contributions to BVI and Caribbean society which were silenced by history.
For more or to apply:
Antigua Archaeological & Bioarchaeological Field School (California State University, Chico) June 4-July 2, 2016
Field School in Underwater Archaeology, Bermuda, July 25-August 12, 2016
Vienna Program in Urban Archaeology
University of Illinois Study Abroad
Fall 2016 semester abroad, 12 credits (6 advanced) A unique opportunity to truly dig into Europe’s past!
Explore Vienna’s landscape and cultural developments from Roman times to the present.
Feb. 15, 2016 application deadline
Detailed information and application links available at http://www.histarch.illinois.edu/Vienna/
Flinders University Advanced Archaeology Field School 2016, February 8-14, 2016
Flinders University Conservation Field School 2016, April 11-17, 2016