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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Caribbean - Antigua - Betty's Hope Archaeological Field School - 2014

Caribbean - Antigua - Betty's Hope Archaeological Field School - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-06-07
End Date 2014-07-05

Multiple Sessions No

Archaeology Field School Location

Antigua, WI

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

California State University, Chico

Academic Credit


Archaeology Field School Tuition

$4,185 (with academic credit)

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

$3,925 (non-credit)

Archaeology Field School Travel
Airfare $600-850
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Incidentals for snacks and gifts.

Archaeology Field School Description

Betty's Hope Plantation, now in its eight year, is an award-winning field school as designated by the American Anthropological Association and the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Our research questions concern multiple lines of inquiry, including: slave life and the African Diaspora, the site's spatial and human dynamics on the landscape, daily life on a sugar plantation, and the environmental impact of the plantocracy system at Betty's Hope and in the Eastern Caribbean region. Betty’s Hope is unique in that it is the only sugar plantation on the island that has been undergoing full-scale excavations since 2007, and one of the few sugar plantations in the Eastern Caribbean with extant standing structures. Because we have graduate students involved, this makes for a full, well-rounded experience for all participants. As an island-based economy, sugar, the “green gold” of Antigua, profoundly affected the island, its peoples, and ecology, and was integral in the developing Atlantic World and slave trade of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The desire for sugar transformed the lives of those who worked the plantation, as well as those who consumed this commodity as part of their everyday lives and rituals. This summer our excavations at Betty’s Hope will concentrate on two main areas: the rum distillery, and the slave village, which was located during the summer of 2013. The field school was developed to provide hands-on professional training in archaeological field work. Field school students will be assigned weekly readings that pertain to Caribbean colonial history and the methodologies of historical archaeology.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Historical Archaeology

Time Period


Field School Setting/Conditions

Caribbean island

How is the project area accessed each day

The site is a 20-minute drive from our lodgings.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Weekdays will comprise field work, Monday through Friday. Students will also have the opportunity to hear evening lectures on Antigua’s prehistory and history. Weekends will be devoted to field trips, exploring the island’s rich geography and history, points of interest, and trips to Antigua's lovely beaches. Participating in the field school will allow students to experience contemporary Caribbean culture and cuisine. No previous experience is required, and we welcome students from all academic disciplines and in various stages of their academic and professional training (undergraduate, in-between programs, and graduate), who are interested in archaeology and anthropology. We also encourage students who are interested in architectural history and history. Credit and non-credit options are available; both include room and board, insurance, and ground transportation.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Is there a professional certification for this field school

This summer will be our eighth year and the field school has been awarded by the American Anthropological Association and the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

Directors and Instructors

Dr. Georgia L. Fox, Director
Dr. Reginald Murphy, National Parks
Cory Look, TA
Christopher Waters, TA

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Students will be trained in:

How to set up and properly record excavation units and features.

Use of a total station to take elevations, mapping, and surveying.

Drawing features and profiles, and understanding the basic principles of stratigraphy.

Field methodology and excavation techniques.

Creating accurate and professional field notes.

Developing familiarity and knowledge of Antiguan and Caribbean archaeology.

Processing and cataloging archaeologically recovered materials.

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes: field trips on the weekends.

Will there be additional organized activities?


Is travel restriced during free time?


Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Dr. Georgia Fox

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