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Asia - Philippines - University of Guam Archaeology Field School in Kiangan, Ifugao (Philippines) - 2012

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2012-05-30
End Date 2012-07-01

Archaeology Field School Location

Kingan, Ifugao, Philippines

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of Guam

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

These are tentative costs.

Archaeology Field School Description

The University of Guam Archaeological Field School in Kiangan, Ifugao introduces students to the multidisciplinary nature of landscape archaeology research, while also offering insights on relationships between human communities and their environment. The research program has eight goals: 1) to involve anthropology undergraduates from a wide range of host institution types, genders, and ethnicities; 2) introduce students to the multidisciplinary nature of landscape archaeology; 3) provide field research engagement and opportunities to students in the American Pacific; 4) provide hypothesis-driven undergraduate projects with guidance from faculty mentors and international collaborators; 5) encourage students to pursue graduate studies in Anthropological Archaeology; 6) provide students necessary training to work in historic preservation; 7) establish an ongoing research program where students will be able to collaborate with students and professors outside of UOG, and develop scientific-writing skills; and, 8) provide a meaningful field experience to undergraduate participants by directly working with Ifugao descendant communities.

Archaeological fieldwork will be conducted in the Ifugao rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Acabado (University of Guam), co-directed by Dr. John Peterson (University of Guam). Each summer for three years (2012-2014), 12 undergraduate students will work with faculty mentors during a summer field program. Students will learn field excavation methods, mapping, and artifact processing. International collaborators include faculty mentors from the National Museum of the Philippines, University of the Philippines, and the Ifugao State University, and, partners from the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, Inc., a leading heritage conservation grassroots-NGO.

Summer 2012 Field School

Students participating in the 2012 field season will learn how to conduct archaeological field research; will learn and conduct ethnographic research; will share the results of their studies by writing research papers and public presentations; and, will be involved in public outreach activities. The 2012 field season (and succeeding field seasons) will be divided into blocks of activities, geared towards achieving the goals of the project. Activities include participation in surface mapping, archaeological excavations to learn the methods and processes involved in archaeological field research, 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.

Participants 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 of the Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii-Manoa. The 2012 field season will concentrate on the Old Kiyyangan Village, Municipality of Kiangan, Ifugao.
Students will learn:

* use of GPS in field survey
* identifying artifacts and ecofacts
* identifying features and sites
* documenting archaeological sites
* the landscape archaeology approach
* ethnographic interviewing
* 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 tab

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Landscape archaeology; prehistoric; historic

Field School Setting/Conditions

The 2012 University of Guam archaeological field school will take place in the town of Kiangan, Ifugao, Philippines. The town is located in the North Central Cordillera, northern Philippines, about 8 hours drive from Manila.

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Directors and Instructors

Dr. Stephen Acabado -- Director
Dr. Grace Barretto-Tesoro (University of the Philippines (co-director)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Landscape archaeology approach
Ethnographic interviewing
Historical archaeology

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes, field trips

Will there be additional organized activities?


Is travel restriced during free time?

Yes, limited to adjacent towns/cities

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Stephen Acabado
University of Guam
Mangilao, GU 96923
Ph: 671-735-2809
Fax: 671-734-7930

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