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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Asia - Philippines - Ifugao Field School - 2016

Asia - Philippines - Ifugao Field School - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-06-20
End Date 2016-07-24

Archaeology Field School Location

Philippines- Ifugao

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Institute for Field Research/ UCLA

Academic Credit

Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through our academic partner, University California Los Angeles.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

$ 4,900

National Science Foundation/Research Experience for Undergraduates will provide full funding, plus airfare and stipend multiple students. See our website for more information regarding this full ride scholarship.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

All room and Board is included in the tuition cost of this field school. Please see the accommodations section of this field school posting on our website for more information.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Fee includes registration, accommodations, program activities, meals on workdays, and health insurance. Airfare, weekend meals and optional excursions are additional.

Archaeology Field School Description

This field school is a component of the Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP), a multi-year research project at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ifugao, Philippines. The Ifugao constructed their Rice Terraces in rugged terrain as high as 2,000 meters above-sea-level. Terrace construction, use, and maintenance suggest complex community management. However, this aspect of Ifugao subsistence is still poorly understood. The Ifugao rice Terraces are an excellent locale to expose students to archaeological field research and public archaeology. The Ifugao Rice Terraces are a living cultural landscape – they have been in use for at least 400 years. They exemplify human-environment interaction and are emblematic of Philippine heritage. More importantly, the Ifugao Archeological Project (IAP) has actively engaged the community, though the participation of the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, Inc. (SITMo) and descendant communities, in the 2012 and 2013 field seasons. Such continued engagement of stakeholders provides students with the opportunity to experience working side-by-side with community members. Our research is focused on the sustainability of Ifugao irrigated-terrace farming by utilizing the concept of self-organizing systems. It documents the growth of a self-organizing system by examining the historical development of several terrace systems, beginning in the lower-elevation locales of Kiangan and Lagawe. The Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP) began documenting an early Ifugao village during the summer of 2012 and continued excavations on the abandoned settlement of Old Kiyyangan, -- the oldest village in Ifugao folklore – in 2013 with focus on the terraces and settlements of Hapao in the Municipality of Hungduan. To determine the impacts of Spanish colonialism on Philippine highland populations, the 2015 and 2016 field seasons of the Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP) focuses 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.
Students participating in the 5-week field school will learn how to conduct archaeological field research; share the results of their studies by writing research papers and doing public presentations; and, by actively being involved in public outreach activities. The field season will be divided into blocks of activities, geared toward achieving the goals of the project. Activities include participation in surface
mapping, archaeological excavations, processing of artifacts while in the field, ethnographic interviews, and laboratory analyses. Lectures, discussions, and one-on-one meetings will be held every evening to guide students to complete their research projects. This field school provides a venue for students to examine anthropological issues that include relationship between agricultural and irrigation systems, pathways to intensification, organizational entailments of irrigation systems and effects of colonialism on local political and economic activities. Such work informs us on the theoretical foundations of studies of agricultural systems and social organization by applying the model of self-organizing systems and provides an historico-ecological approach in the study of emergent complexity. More importantly, the Ifugao Archeological Project (IAP) has actively engaged the community, though the participation of the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, Inc. (SITMo) and descendant communities. Such continued engagement of stakeholders provides students with the opportunity to experience working side-by-side with community members. The class involves lectures and application of field methods in landscape archaeology in real-world settings

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Field Archaeology

Time Period


Field School Setting/Conditions

Archaeological field work involves physical work in the outdoors. You should be aware that conditions in the field are different than those you experience in your home, dorms or college town. This program operates at a highland setting of the Philippine Cordillera and in a remote location that requires individuals to learn, live and work together as a group. Because of the highland setting, Ifugao receives higher than normal exposure to the sun. During the day, temperatures under the shadow fluctuate between 70o?80oF and may be significantly hotter under the sun. Humidity is relatively low and some mosquitoes and/or flies may be close to the excavation area. To be protected from sunburn and/or insects, students will not be allowed to work in shorts or tank tops at the site. The crew will also walk along narrow and steep terrace walls. Students will have to strictly follow supervisors’ instructions at all times If you have any medical concerns, please consult with your doctor. For all other concerns, please consult with the project director – as appropriate.

Directors and Instructors

Dr. Stephen Acabado, UCLA (

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to (1) recognize the role of humans in manipulating and altering landscapes through time; (2) demonstrate the ability to recognize, map and excavate archaeological features; (3) acquire knowledge for recording archaeological sites; and (4) effectively communicate details of the archaeological record as it relates to human material culture and context. Students will learn: ? use of GPS in field survey ? identifying artifacts and ecofacts ? identifying features and sites ? documenting archaeological sites ? the landscape archaeology approach ? site survey techniques ? soil classification and description ? artifacts, feature and site sketching ? field analysis of common artifacts types ? scientific field photography ? field map-making using plane table and total station ? lab and cataloging methods

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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