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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Asia - Thailand - UW Archaeology Field School in Thailand - 2011

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2011-06-20
End Date 2011-07-18

Archaeology Field School Location
Pang Nga Province, Southern Thailand

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
University of Washington
Academic Credit
12 UW credits
Archaeology Field School Tuition
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
included in tuition

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs
Tuition does not include international travel or health insurance

Archaeology Field School Description

The field school will be part of a long term archaeological project directed by Ben Marwick with his Thai collaborators. The site is Pang-nga Bay in Pang-nga province in peninsular Thailand. Previous archaeological work has shown the area to be rich in archaeological sites with cultural deposits that span the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene. Although this previous archaeological work was done in the 1980s and is not published in detail, the area does have a well-documented history of sea level changes. This makes it ideal for recovering new archaeological data to understand how prehistoric people adapted to major changes in sea levels during the Holocene. The field school will be focused on excavating and analyzing two archaeological sites in this area to improve the quality of archaeological data and correlate changes in prehistoric behaviours with sea level changes. We will also visit some non-archaeological sites in the area where geologists and oceanographers have analyzed sea level change so that students get a rich appreciation of the raw data that contributes to our understanding of past climates and human adaptation. The field school is closely affiliated with Silpakorn University in Bangkok, the Fine Arts Department of Thailand and the National Science Museum of Thailand. Faculty and students from Silpakorn will participate in the field work. UW students will receive instruction from Thai professors Rasmi Shoocongdej and Chaowalit Kaokhiew on Thai archaeology and culture. Students will be accommodated with Thai students and have ample opportunity to interact to learn about Thai culture and language. The field school will also take excursions to nearby national parks and tourist destinations to allow students to study relationships between local people and the contemporary environment and between local people and foreigners.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
Time Period
Holocene, Pleistocene
Field School Setting/Conditions
Remote and rural; we will be staying within walking distance of the sites

What is the daily schedule for the field school
Six days on, one day off for four weeks, plus a few overnight excursions to places of interest.

Is there a professional certification for this field school
Directors and Instructors
Prof. Ben Marwick Prof. Rasmi Shoocondej
Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
Scientific excavation methods Post-excavation analytical methods Field geoarchaeology Report writing
On rain days will there be lab work?
Will there be additional organized activities?
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

Prof. Ben Marwick (206) 552-9450

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