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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Asia - Thailand - Promtin Tai Bioarchaeology Project - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2013-05-20
End Date 2013-06-24

Multiple Sessions No

Archaeology Field School Location

Lopburi Province, Thailand

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

North Carolina State University

Academic Credit


Archaeology Field School Tuition


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Housing included in tuition, as are most meals.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Airfare to Bangkok Thailand
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

This is an NC State Study Abroad Program. The tuition price listed above includes tuition for 6 hours of academic credit, housing, most breakfasts, lunches at the site on excavation days, and excursions to Khao Yai National Park and either the old capital of Ayutthaya or Sukhothai.

Archaeology Field School Description

Promtin Tai is an Iron Age cemetery site located in the central lowland area of Thailand. The site is on the grounds of a Buddhist temple associated with the rural village of Promtin Tai. The village is located about 12 miles (20 km) from the city of Lopburi where we will be staying. The burials are located beneath about 2 meters of historic period deposits spanning perhaps 1500 years. These deposits include pottery, shell, faunal bone, slag from smelting, and occasionally, ritual items such as coins, and imported beads. Students will have the opportunity to excavate the historic area and cemetery, and will also learn how to clean and catalog skeletal material. At the end of last field season in 2011, we exposed two grave outlines suggesting that we should be working on excavation of skeletons within the first few days.

The project is part of a North Carolina State University Study Abroad Program. Dr. Troy Case (NC State University), Dr. Thanik Lertcharnrit (Silpakorn University, Bangkok) and Dr. Scott Burnett (Eckerd College, USA) are co-directors of the project. Students will take two courses of three credits each (see program website) during the five-week stay in Thailand. The program includes a temple tour in Bangkok, an overnight trip to Khao Yai National Park, home to wild elephants, gibbons, monkeys, Great Hornbills, and another overnight excursion to either the old capital of Ayutthaya, or the older capital of Sukhothai. We will spend our first three days in Bangkok, then move to Lopburi city located about 2 hours north of Bangkok, for the excavation. We will be based in local hotels in both cities.

The project is now in its rolling admission period, which means that we make decisions on accepting new students as the applications are completed. We have only three or four slots remaining, so if you are interested, please contact Dr. Case as soon as possible with questions, or begin your application on the program website.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

Iron Age to Historic Period

Field School Setting/Conditions

The site is located about 12 miles (20 km) from our hotel. We will take a local school bus each morning out to the site. We usually depart around 8 AM and leave the site between 4:30 and 5:00 PM. The trip back and forth takes about 40 minutes. The excavation unit is under a cover, so most of the work will be done in the shade.

How is the project area accessed each day


What is the daily schedule for the field school

20 days of total excavation. 4-6 day work weeks depending on the week.

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


Directors and Instructors

Dr. Troy Case (NC State University), Dr. Thanik Lertcharnrit (Silpakorn University), Dr. Scott Burnett (Eckerd College)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Burial Excavation
Skeletal Cleaning and Cataloging

On rain days will there be lab work?

Lab work is ongoing at the site. The excavation unit is under a cover.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes. See program website.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes, once or twice per week.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Students must inform directors in advance of any distant or overnight travel plans and get approval.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Dr. Troy Case
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
NC State University
2400 Founders Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695-8107

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