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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Asia - Japan - Dig Hokkaido - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-08-17
End Date 2014-09-07

Archaeology Field School Location

Kamishihoro, Hokkaido, Japan

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Central Washington University
Tokyo Metropolitan University

Academic Credit


Archaeology Field School Tuition


Archaeology Field School Room and Board


Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

passport $160
2-nights hotel, New Chitose $140
bath house $80

Archaeology Field School Description

This is a field methods program held at an archaeology site in Hokkaido, Japan, requiring participants to live and work together as a group while they learn archaeological field methods and contribute to the success of a long-term research project.

Evaluation and Grades

To excel, volunteers must actively participate as responsible, self-starting members of a research team. This means being on-site every day, doing lab work, going on field trips, attending lectures, taking part in discussions, and completing camp chores.

Your assessment will be based on the following areas: (1) attitude-- general attitude and interest level, willingness to help, ability to cooperate as a team, respect for environment and other people; (2) work habits-- care, reliability, ability to follow through, reasonable attempt at efficiency; (3) attendance-- general attendance, punctuality; and (4) work quality-- care in fieldwork, labwork, and note taking, project outcome, general competence. You will also be graded on your field notebooks. You will be asked to turn them in weekly; they will be checked for thoroughness, accuracy, and clarity.

Objectives and Coverage

The primary objective is to provide participants with instruction and practical experience in basic methods and techniques of archaeological fieldwork. The experience is gained in the context of a long-term research project designed to produce specimens, records, and data that will support further laboratory analysis and eventual publication of research results. Participants thus will be making important contributions to the research while they are learning basic field methods. Through discussions and practical applications, you will develop a thorough understanding of how their work in the field relates to the overall research design of the Shimaki Paleolithic Archaeology Project.
Camp Life and Logistics

The summer season is divided into six-day sessions with one-day breaks. See the schedule below for details. During breaks we will have group excursions and free time. We will live at an improved campground ~200 m from the excavation site. We will use the campground facilities to cook meals, eat, hold lectures and have labs. No pets or firearms are allowed. Friends and family are allowed to visit if they wish to travel to Japan. We have a maximum visit limitation for guests of 3 nights (after that visitors will need to pay camp and provision fees). All guests must notify us in advance to arrange a site visit.

All participants must be prepared to camp for the full three-week field season. We expect that it will be very hot and humid for most of the summer—expect rain. Daytime temperatures frequently reach 90° F, and they drop down to 40° F at night. But, be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Since we will be travelling overseas, you must pack “light”. Since we'll be camping for the summer, however, you should try to be as comfortable as possible. Having a tent is required. You need not bring any cooking equipment. All food and eating materials will be provided unless you wish to eat or drink something special. We will not have a typical “western” menu. The project will not purchase candy, soda pop, beer, or caviar. If you require any of this kind of nourishment you must bring obtain it yourself. All archaeological excavation gear will be provided. Bathing facilities are available at a local traditional Japanese bathhouse in Kamishihoro for a single-use fee of around $4.00.

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated. This is, however, a “wet” camp with regards to alcohol consumption. The drinking age in Japan is 20 years old, so if you were born on or before August 21, 1993, feel free to drink beer, wine, or your favorite spirit during free time. But keep in mind, there will be minors on the project. Please refrain from drinking before 6:00 pm. Do not become intoxicated or behave in a drunken manner. If these rules are broken, the camp will be “dry”.

ATM machines are widely available in Japan and are typically the best way to access Japanese currency. So, limit the amount of cash that you bring on the flight and exchange at the airport. We will be in Sapporo for a day before travelling to Kamishihoro. We will also be camping in a town where you may also obtain limited supplies.

We will provide emergency telephone numbers in case someone needs to contact you from the outside. A message can be delivered to us in Kamishihoro.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

21,000 years ago.

Field School Setting/Conditions

The field camp and site are within the city limits of Kamishihoro, Japan. We rent a building about 200 m from the excavation for meals and socializing, and set up tents on the property around the building.

How is the project area accessed each day

We will walk ~200 m from the camp to the site.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday

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Directors and Instructors

Ian Buvit, Central Washington University

Karisa Terry, Central Washington University

Masami Izuho, Tokyo Metropolitan University

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

site gridding
EDM use (total station)
floor plan mapping
wall profile mapping
three-point mapping
feature excavation
square excavation
data recording
collecting and processing soil samples
collecting and processing radiocarbon samples
artifact inventory and cataloging
artifact classification
lithic raw material identification
exposure to regional culture history
exposure to regional geology
exposure to tephra-chronology

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Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Contact Information

Ian Buvit
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7516

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