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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Asia - China - Yangguanzhai Field School - 2016

Deadline
2016-06-01

The prehistoric village of Yangguanzhai (YGZ) dates to the Middle to Late Yangshao period (4,000-3,000 BCE), and it is one of the largest of its kind. The site is located in the Jing River Valley, approximately 25 kilometers north of the ancient city of Xi’an in northwest China. YGZ has a moat, a row of cave dwellings, subterranean houses, child urn-burials, and extensive pottery kilns. In the coming 2016 season, the project will continue working in the northeast portion of the site. There are multiple possible excavations that we will undertake including: refuse pits, a potential large building and a nearby child urn burial, and the cemetery adjacent to the settlement. In order to gain a better understanding of the overall settlement system of the region, we will also conduct survey work at the nearby Neolithic sites of Manan and Huiduipo.

Asia - China- Yangguanzhai Field School - 2014

Deadline
2014-06-08

The prehistoric village of Yangguanzhai (YGZ) dates to the Middle to Late Yangshao period (4,000-3,000 BCE) and it is one of the largest of its kind. The site is located in the Jing River Valley, approximately 25 kilometers north of the ancient city of Xi’an in northwest China. YGZ has a moat, a row of cave dwellings, subterranean houses, child urn-burials, and extensive pottery kilns. During the 2014 season, the project will continue working in the northeast corner of the site. We will attempt to complete the excavation of the Neolithic refuse pits found in these units. We will investigate the depositional processes that created the pits, and we will sieve the contents and extract botanical remains through flotation. Furthermore, we will conduct ceramic analysis to learn more about the exploitation of local clay sources and the pottery production at the site. In addition, students will engage in experimental archaeology, making pottery knives as they were found in great number at the site. To gain a better understanding of the overall settlement system of the region, we will also conduct survey work at the nearby Neolithic sites of Manan and Huiduipo.

Asia - Japan - Archaeological Field Training at Rebun Island, Japan, University of Alberta - 2014

Deadline
2014-03-14

In Summer 2014, under the direction of Dr. Andrzej Weber, the Department of ANthropology, University of Alberta will be offering a 6-credit Archaeological Field School (ANTHR 396) on Rebun Island, Japan. This field school will be hosted by the Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project (BHAP), in conjunction with the University of Hokkaido, Japan. Please see the project website for more details: http://bhap.artsrn.ualberta.ca/fieldwork-2014

Asia - Japan - Archaeological Field Training at Rebun Island, Japan, University of Alberta - 2015

Deadline
2015-03-06

In Summer 2015, under the direction of Dr. Andrzej Weber, the Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta will be offering a 6-credit Archaeological Field School (ANTHR 396) on Rebun Island, Japan. This field school will be hosted by the Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project (BHAP), in conjunction with the University of Hokkaido, Japan. Please see the project website for more details: http://bhap.artsrn.ualberta.ca/fieldwork-2015

Asia - Japan - Dig Hokkaido - 2014

Deadline
2014-05-01

Help uncover clues about life 20,000 years ago during the last ice age at the Shimaki archaeological site in Hokkaido, Japan. At that time the island was connected to mainland Asia by dry land because of lower sea levels (a tremendous amount of water was locked up in glacial ice!). Join a crew of international researchers excavating one of Hokkaido’s oldest archaeological sites. As a 2014 team member, you will learn methods and techniques of modern archaeology while investigating the lives of people who inhabited Hokkaido before pottery, metal, the wheel, or farming. Walk in the footsteps of ice-age hunters of northern Japan. Enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of students from Japan and the United States in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful spots on the globe.

Asia - Mongolia - Central Mongolian Nomads Project - 2016

Asia - Mongolia - Central Mongolian Nomads Project - 2016

Deadline
2016-04-01

The Central Mongolian Nomads Project is a 17-day archaeological field school and research project conducted in Ulaanbaatar, Ar Janchivlan Valley (located in Tuv Province), and western Khentii Province. Archaeologists from the University of Chicago and the Mongolian University of Science & Technology will give lectures, lead seminars and lab practica, and provide hands-on instruction in core field methods through original research and visits to sites of archaeological significance in rural Mongolia. The field school aims to provide students of all ages and backgrounds with a rigorous, well-rounded introduction to archaeological research in Mongolia through intellectual and practical engagement with Mongolian history, prehistory, and culture. Our team of students and staff will live, learn, and adventure together for two weeks in late June and early July through the steppe, river valleys, and forested zone of Central Mongolia after three intense days of classroom learning in Ulaanbaatar. Archaeologists always conduct their field research within a specific cultural context; thus, our team will engage with individuals, communities, and institutions that have a stake in Mongolia’s cultural heritage. Our students of all ages and backgrounds will practice their new language skills with Mongolian staff, visit with a nomadic family, and attend a local naadam festival as part of their education on Mongolia.

Asia - Mongolia - Northern Mongolia Archaeology Project - 2016

Deadline
2016-03-18

Need a little adventure in your life? Interested in traveling to Mongolia? Interested in trying your hand at archaeological fieldwork? A small international team is now being assembled to conduct archaeological fieldwork in northern Mongolia from July 5th – 26th in collaboration with the National Museum of Mongolia. Applications are due by March 18th, 2016. Activities include surface survey, geophysical survey, excavation, ethnoarchaeological interviews, and artifact cleaning, cataloging and basic analysis. No experience necessary. Good attitude required. Email juliakateclark@gmail.com to request an application or go to:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/NorthernMongoliaArchaeologyProject/_2016Application

Asia - Mongolia - Northern Mongolia Archaeology Project - 2016

Deadline
2016-03-18

A small interdisciplinary, international team of Mongolian and foreign researchers will be selected to conduct archaeological research (primarily excavation, but also survey and ethnoarchaeology). No experience necessary, but interest, a good attitude and reasonable physical fitness a must! Terrain and climate are challenging, and the location is VERY remote, so general preparedness essential. No credits offered, but will work with your home institution to arrange independent study credits if necessary. Research aims: Mongolia’s mobile pastoral economy is the foundation of the national identity and primary economic strategy, a lifeway made possible with the introduction of domesticates into the area from regions to the north and west. The archaeological site of Soyo, in the Darkhad Depression of northern Mongolia, has the potential to contribute significantly to understanding questions about the archaeological history of this region. Located at the intersection of the dense forest taiga and the grass steppe-land of the basin, Soyo is uniquely positioned to facilitate interaction between hunting and herding practices. Preliminary research at the Soyo site has revealed a unique depositional history where wind-blown sand has stratified thick artifact deposits creating a one of a kind, 7,000 year continuous record of human activity. Despite being such an important part of Mongolian heritage, this site is threatened by the development of a tourist camp. It is critical that an archaeological team conduct this research at the site in the summer of 2015 as the site is actively being threatened by this development.

Asia - Philippines - Ifugao Field School - 2016

Deadline
2016-04-22

The Ifugao Rice Terraces are UNESCO World Heritage monuments that attest to the ingenuity and communitarian management of Cordilleran people of Luzon in the Philippines. Once thought to be over 2,000 years old, our recent work has demonstrated that the upland rice field systems in the region were responses to the social and political pressure from intrusive Spanish colonization into the region starting at c. AD 1600. To determine the impacts of Spanish colonialism on Philippine highland populations, the 2015 and 2016 field seasons of the Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP) focus on the Old Kiyyangan Village, an abandoned settlement in the town of Kiangan, Ifugao. The IAP’s primary research goals are: 1) to document highland political and economic responses to colonialism by looking at the development and expansion of the Old Kiyyangan Village; 2) to determine subsistence shifts and health and diet by examining botanical, faunal, and human skeletal remains; 3) to investigate the process of increasing social differentiation through the examination of exotic goods; and, 4) to understand how the Philippine highlands resisted Spanish colonialism by exploring settlement patterns in Ifugao.

Australia - Adelaide - Conservation Field School - 2015

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This course is an intensive introduction to materials science, deterioration processes in marine environments, pre-disturbance conservation surveys, in-situ conservation and stabilisation, recovery, initial storage, stabilisation and transportation of artefacts, and the storage and display of conserved artefacts.

Australia - Adelaide - The Museum - 2015

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The Museum intensive/short course is run by various specialists in the fields of museum curation, outreach, interpretation and conservation. It explores the depth and richness of museum collections, how objects come into collections, who collects, how objects are stored and interpreted and why they are stored into the future.

Australia - Adelaide/Remark - Archaeological Field Methods - 2015

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In 2015 the Archaeological Field Methods Field School will be held in association with the River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation and Calperum Station, located in the Riverland region, near Renmark, South Australia. The first two days of the fieldschool will consist of lectures and practical exercises at Flinders University followed by a further five days of intensive field work on site.

Australia - Advanced Archaeology Field School - 2015

Deadline
2015-04-06

Flinders University Archaeology Department will be conducting The Advanced Archaeology Field School in Sturt Gorge. It will involve the excavation of a nineteenth century ruin located beside Magpie Creek, about which little is currently known.

Australia - Archaeological Field Methods Field School - 2014

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The 2014 Archaeological Field Methods Field School (ARCH8801) will be undertaken at a local site in South Australai. The first two days of the fieldschool will consist of lectures and practical exercises at Flinders University, however this will be followed by a further five days of intensive field work, where students will be able to apply their field skills to a range of real-world archaeological scenarios.

Spaces on this fieldschool are limited to 15 students and short-course participants, so if you are interested you should enrol soon. Enrolment requires permission from the topic coordinator, Dr Mick Morrison , and students should complete a FAQ in order to seek approval to do the topic. Short-course students are welcome to participate in the fieldschool and should contact the Topic Coordinator for more information.

Australia - Australian Archaeology and Wildlife Internships and Field Schools - 2014

Australia - Australian Archaeology and Wildlife Internships and Field Schools - 2014

Deadline
2013-12-05

Gain practical skills while working with the Traditional Owners and specialists amid the stunning natural and cultural landscapes of southern Western Australia. An integrated team will undertake an expedition to the amazing rock art complex of Marbaleerup (Mount Ridley), north of the town of Esperance. This culturally significant region contains amazing rock art, incredible stone arrangements, extensive stone artifact scatters, ancient waterholes and lonely graves. From here, the team heads to the coast (Cape Arid National Park) to study and record several cultural places. The Gabbie Kyle team are also working with wildlife specialists to monitor endangered fauna of the region. Working under the guidance of Traditional Owners, participants will gain practical skills in archaeological field methods, heritage management, cultural mapping, and environmental science.

Australia - Barunga, Northern Territory - 2014

Deadline
2014-06-02

This fieldschool provides a unique opportunity for students to undertake 'community' archaeology in Australia. Students will have the chance to learn field-based archaeological skills, while at the same time developing other practical and personal skills necessary to conduct archaeological research with Aboriginal communities. In particular, students will focus on the recording of rock art in its wider cultural context.

Australia - Community Archaeology Field School - 2014

Deadline
2014-06-01

Overview

Community archaeology has an important focus on community participation, training, capacity building and outreach. At Flinders our Community Archaeology field school is often organised around community requests for assistance to document, record, preserve and manage important aspects of their local heritage.

Australia - Historical Cemeteries Field School - 2014

Deadline
2014-04-01

In order to provide Bachelor of Archaeology students with a no-cost option to satisfy the core topic degree field requirement, from 2014 a local field school providing an introduction to archaeological research in historical cemeteries will be offered. This field school will be available every other year. Students will enroll in ARCH 3308 Historical Archaeology Field School. All fieldwork associated with this field school will be conducted in Adelaide and the surrounding suburbs.

Australia - Human Osteology Laboratory Short Course - 2014

Deadline
2014-10-01

This is an intensive lab topic that provides students with a detailed introduction to the human skeleton. In addition to the identification of all components of the skeleton, students will learn the range of biological and chemical information that is recorded in the human skeleton. In relation to archaeology and forensic science, the topic provides knowledge regarding the location, identification, recovery, and analysis of human remains occurring in field contexts. Key information regarding biological age, sex, stature, geographic origin, behavioral attributes, and chronometric dating are addressed. Workshops provide the essential hands-on practical component of teaching and learning in human osteology.

Australia - Indigenous Archaeology Field School - 2014

Deadline
2014-04-07

PLEASE NOTE that in 2014 there will be two options for students to attend the Indigenous Archaeology Field School in Ngadjuri Country: one between the 21-27 April and another between the 22-28 September.

Australia - Maritime Archaeology Advanced Practicum: Marine Geophysics - 2014

Deadline
2014-10-07

This topic will provide students the opportunity to study marine geophysics for archaeology in both theoretical and practical application. The topic will be delivered with specialist support from Dr Paul Baggaley who has over a decade of experience in developing the industry-leading geophysics team for Wessex Archaeology (Paul and his team have carried out over 100 maritime archaeology projects in the United Kingdom).

Australia - Maritime Archaeology Field School - 2015

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Maritime Archaeology Field School, an introduction to the techniques of underwater survey, position fixing, mapping, photography, recording, excavation and conservation.

Australia - Maritime Archaeology Field School - 2015

Deadline
2014-12-23

Overview

The Maritime Archaeology Field School (ARCH3309/8152) provides students with an introduction to the techniques of underwater survey, position fixing, mapping, photography, recording, excavation and conservation. Some lectures and videos will be provided on the various research methods and techniques used by maritime archaeologists. The Field School will include practical exercises, field work and associated lecture/seminars.

Australia - Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum Gold Coast Wreck Conservation Project - 2014

Deadline
2014-06-02

This topic is a practicum which provides students with opportunities to participate in the workplace environment. Occasionally, maritime archaeology fieldwork opportunities arise in which students may assist government agencies, consultancy firms, non-profit groups or other universities. This topic provides students with the ability to participate in these projects and receive one-on-one guidance and instruction with immediate feedback on their performance. This practicum will allow students to put their theoretical learning into practice, develop a sense of the workplace, enhance their employment prospects through additional training, build a network of contacts, and develop a range of personal and professional work skills. This topic will be taught in intensive mode during a full week, including two weekends, and will necessitate involvement and input from a range of maritime archaeology practitioners. SCUBA diving qualifications are not necessary for participation. The body of the topic will comprise practical exercises, field work and associated lecture/seminars.

Australia - Northern Territory - Ethnoarchaeology Field School - 2015

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This field school provides a unique opportunity for students to undertake 'community' archaeology in Australia. Students will have the chance to learn field-based archaeological skills, while at the same time developing other practical and personal skills necessary to conduct archaeological research with Aboriginal communities.

Australia - Rock Art Field School A_ARCH3312 - 2014

Deadline
2014-09-01

This field school provides a unique opportunity for students to undertake community archaeology in Australia. Students will have the chance to learn practical archaeological skills while at the same time developing other practical and personal skills necessary to conduct archaeological research with Aboriginal communities. In particular, students will focus on the recording of rock art in its wider cultural and archaeological context. The field school will involve some seminars, but will mostly be directed towards in-depth practical recording skills necessary for rock art research in an archaeological framework.

Fees will be charged to cover such things as transport, accommodation and food depending on location of the field school.

Australia - Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction - 2014

Deadline
2014-09-01

This topic provides students with the theoretical and practical training necessary for researching ships and ship construction. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of recording, representing and interpreting ship construction. Students should expect to learn nautical terminology, the basic components of a ship and activities aboard, principles of ship construction and rigging, procedures for taking and drafting ship lines and construction plans, hull analysis, procedures for graphic representation of hulls and principles of reconstructing ships. This topic is challenging, demanding and hands-on; students are expected to participate fully in problem-solving exercises

Australia - South Australia - Advanced Archaeology Field School - 2016

Deadline

There will be no excavations in 2016 - instead, the Field School will continue with the task of cataloguing the range of moveable items that were retained when the hospital closed in 2000, and mapping the site in preparation for future excavation seasons.

Australia - South Australia - Archaeological Field Methods - 2014

Deadline
2014-09-01

This topic provides students with an introduction to a range of basic archaeological surveying field techniques employed in a variety of archaeological contexts; these techniques are widely used throughout Australia and similar to those used internationally. The topic aims to bridge the gap between 'formal' archaeology lectures and 'hands on' archaeology and hence is focused around practical, skills-based exercises.
This topic provides preparation for more advanced practicals taught in some of the second and third year archaeology topics (in particular it is required that students complete this topic before undertaking any of the upper level archaeology field schools). This topic is a core topic for all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Archaeology.

Australia - South Australia - Archaeological Field Methods Field School - 2016

Deadline

The first two days of the fieldschool will consist of lectures and practical exercises at Flinders University. This will be followed by a further five days of intensive field work on site, where students will be able to apply their field skills to a range of real-world archaeological scenarios.

Australia - South Australia - Community Archaeology Field School - 2016

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This topic will develop students' abilities to participate in community archaeology work in both an Indigenous and non-Indigenous context. Students will be required to employ skills to an advanced level, which may include those related to site and artefact recording, mapping, collecting oral histories, and ethical interactions with community members, as appropriate to the community archaeology context.

Australia - South Australia - Conservation Field School - 2016

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The field school will involve the excavation of a nineteenth century cottage located within an Irish community. To date, little archaeological work has been done in Australia specifically on Irish communities, or on the Irish in rural areas.

Australia - South Australia - Cultural Heritage and the Law Summer School - 2016

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This topic will critically examine the changing meaning of cultural heritage within a social, cultural and historical context

Australia - South Australia - Historical Archaeology Field School - 2016

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Life and Death in Colonial St Mary's, Adelaide, South Australia. This field school will involve literature research about the economic and social context of the 19th century colonial community of St Mary’s in Adelaide. Relationships between social status during life and mortuary treatment at death will be examined via fieldwork addressing variability in gravestones and cemetery monuments

Australia - South Australia - Maritime Archaeology Field School - 2016

Deadline

The Maritime Archaeology Field School provides students with an introduction to the techniques of underwater survey, position fixing, mapping, photography, recording, excavation and conservation. Some lectures and videos will be provided on the various research methods and techniques used by maritime archaeologists. The Field School will include practical exercises, field work and associated lecture/seminars

Australia - South Australia - The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts - 2014

Deadline
2014-09-01

ARCH8405 Topic Overview

An understanding of stone tools is critical in practicing cultural heritage management and undertaking archaeological research on Indigenous sites in Australia. This topic gives students skills in stone tool identification and analysis in practical laboratory sessions, combined with seminars that cover current research trends and advanced theoretical issues. It is suitable for students wishing to gain expertise in stone tool analysis and for cultural heritage managers requiring these skills in their professional practice.

Australia Maritime Archaeology Field School

Deadline
2015-12-01

The Maritime Archaeology Field School (ARCH3309/8152) provides students and participants with an introduction to the techniques of underwater survey, position fixing, mapping, photography, recording, excavation and conservation. Some lectures and videos will be provided on the various research methods and techniques used by maritime archaeologists. The Field School will include practical exercises, field work and associated lecture/seminars.

Pacific - Guam - Archaeology Field School in the Mariana Islands - 2015

Deadline
2015-04-15

The University of Hawai‘i and Universitat Pompeau Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) are hosting an archaeological field school in partnership with the University of Guam. The field school provides participants with intensive training in archaeological site excavation and mapping in the field, and artifact analysis and interpretation in the laboratory. Students will attend lectures on Pacific island archaeology and traditional history by archaeologists, cultural practitioners, and other noted scholars. Field trips will be taken to numerous cultural and historic sites on the island.

Pacific - Hawai‘i - Miloli'i Beach Archaeological Field School - 2016

Deadline
2016-03-31

We are currently seeking participants for the 2016 Miloli'i Beach Archaeological Field School, on Kaua‘i Island, Hawai‘i, which will be held between July 5 and August 5. This field school provides an intensive, hands-on learning opportunity for students interested in learning archaeology field and lab techniques. Two field sessions are scheduled, with two five-day breaks in which students will conduct archaeological lab work and assist in historic sites management. The field school is part of an ongoing field project directed by Dr. Jennifer Kahn of William and Mary’s Anthropology Department, in collaboration with Hawai‘i State Parks, to investigate settlement and subsistence strategies at one of Hawai‘i’s most remote locations, the Nā Pali Coast on the northern edge of Kaua‘i Island. This year’s fieldwork will focus on uncovering buried stone architecture and midden from pre-contact period sand dune sites, conducting a series of test excavations at 19th-century Hawaiian house sites, and surveying and documenting prehistoric agricultural terraces via test excavation and GIS. Eligible students can earn 6 academic credits for participation.

South Australia - Historical Cemeteries Field School - 2014

Deadline
2014-04-01

In order to provide Bachelor of Archaeology students with a no-cost option to satisfy the core topic degree field requirement, from 2014 a local field school providing an introduction to archaeological research in historical cemeteries will be offered. This field school will be available every other year. Students will enroll in ARCH 3308 Historical Archaeology Field School. All fieldwork associated with this field school will be conducted in Adelaide and the surrounding suburbs.

Some lecture and data analysis sessions will be held at Flinders University in the Archaeology Lab, Humanities Room 112.

South Australia - Indigenous Archaeology Field School - 2014

Deadline
2014-09-01

Students who have completed a previous Indigenous Archaeology Field School can only undertake a second if it is at a different site and with a different Aboriginal community.

In 2014 the ARCH8803/8809 field school will be run as part of a the Ngadjuri Heritage Project (NHP), a co-ordinated approach by the Ngadjuri Nation to the research, planning and management of key areas and regions in Ngadjuri land. It has the following specific aims:

Identify and record Aboriginal sites on Ngadjuri Land.
Integrate this data with data collected over the last two years of the project (funded by the National Heritage Program) to develop a database of site locations for the region.
Augment the above data with ethnographic and historic data on site use and significance through the conduct of archival research and oral histories.
Use a GIS program to pull these different forms of information together to develop cultural maps for the region.

The cumulative outcomes of this research are:

The development of a significant database of Ngadjuri heritage sites.
An overall strategic cultural heritage management framework for Ngadjuri lands.

South Australia - Indigenous Archaeology Field School A

Deadline
2014-04-01

PLEASE NOTE that in 2014 there will be two options for students to attend the Indigenous Archaeology Field School in Ngadjuri Country: one between the 21-27 April and another between the 22-28 September.

This field school is being run collaboratively by Flinders University and Ngadjuri people. It is part of a larger and ongoing research project which has been recording sites in Ngadjuri country.


The field school is designed to prepare students to undertake ethical and culturally sensitive research in Indigenous archaeology. The skills that will be taught include research design, field survey, archaeological site recording, archaeological site excavation, ethical interactions with Indigenous groups, and aspects of heritage management.

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