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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Asia - Philippines - University of Guam Archaeological Field School in Cebu, Philippines - 2011

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2011-05-31
End Date 2011-07-01

Archaeology Field School Location

San Remegio, Cebu, Philippines

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of Guam

Academic Credit


Archaeology Field School Tuition

$3,500.00, which include all tuition, food, housing and travel within the Philippines.

Archaeology Field School Travel
The participant is responsible for travel to and from the Philippines (about $1100-$1500 from the US), visa fees, health insurance and personal cash.

Archaeology Field School Description

Students will learn archaeological field techniques by working in real field conditions, working with students and staff from the USA, the Philippines, and the Luce Asian Archaeology Program Fellows of the Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii-Manoa. The focus of the project is twofold: to document the impact of Spanish colonization on indigenous lifeways (particularly, forced resettlement or reduccion) and early Holocene sea-level changes in the Island of Cebu. Cebu was the first seat of the Spanish colonial government in the Philippines. An archaeological survey in 2002 reports that, “Field visits were conducted to additional locales and the 17th or early 18th century visita of Punta Ysabel was found near San Remigio, Cebu. This site will provide an important comparison with the 1599 visita of Salug in Carcar.”

With the longest shoreline in the Island of Cebu and adjacent to other islands in the Philippine Archipelago, ancient San Remegio inhabitants exploited both marine and terrestrial resources. Previous archaeological work in other parts of the island suggests that Cebu Islanders were contributors to an extensive trade network throughout the islands of the Central Philippines.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Prehistoric and historic

Time Period

mid-Holocene to Spanish contact

What is the daily schedule for the field school


Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

Dr. Stephen Acabado, University of Guam
Dr. John Peterson, University of Guam
Dr. Grace Barretto-Tesoro, University of the Philippines
Prof. Jojo Bersales, University of San Carlos

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

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

Will there be additional organized activities?

Field trips to Manila and Cebu Museums; Fields trips to Cebu archaeological and historic sites; fields trip to marine sanctuary

Is travel restriced during free time?

Participants can visit Cebu City and other areas during weekends.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Dr. Stephen Acabado
Anthropology Program
University of Guam
Mangilao, GU 96923

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