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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools
ShovelBums 2016 Comprehensive Archaeology and Anthropology Field School Directory

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Asia / Pacific / Australia, Canada / North America, Central / South America / Caribbean / Atlantic, Europe / Mediterranean, Middle East/Africa

Type (853/17 )

Anthropology, Bioanthropology, Classical Archaeology, Data Visualization (3D, Animation, etc), Ethnographic ...

Caribbean - Netherlands Antilles - Caribbean Colonial Archaeology on St. Eustatius--The Historical Gem

Deadline

Suffered through a long cold winter? Time for a temperature change? Then Apply Now for places with The St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research. We are taking applicants for Spring and Summer sessions on the island with the largest concentration of archaeological sites in the New World.

Caribbean - Nevis - Fort Charles Archaeological Project - 2014

Deadline
2014-03-28

This year's field school continues work began last year at one of the earliest British forts in the New World. Our project is the first to examine the exciting site of Fort Charles in Nevis, West Indies. This site was also home to one of the longest-lived forts in the region with an occupation history spanning two and half centuries. Preliminary analysis also suggests a unique pattern of British and African diasporan interaction at the site.

Caribbean - Nevis - Fort Charles Archaeology Field School - 2013

Deadline
2013-03-29

Settled in the late 1620s, Nevis is home to some of the earliest English settlements and fortifications in the Caribbean. This year's field work will investigate the site of Fort Charles, the largest and best preserved fort in Nevis. The fort is located .5 miles from Charlestown, capital of Nevis, and was constructed in the early 1600s. The fort remained in use until at least the 1870s, when the site was used as a customs fort. This year's field school represents the first archaeological investigations of this intriguing site and its 250-year history. Our work this summer will provide a unique perspective on the colonial history of the Eastern Caribbean, particularly as it relates to issues of trade and exchange.

Caribbean - St. Croix - United States Virgin Islands - Excavation-Based Field School - 2014

Caribbean - St. Croix - United States Virgin Islands - Excavation-Based Field School - 2014

Deadline
2014-04-10
This archaeological and bioarchaeological field school will take place at the Aklis site, a prehistoric shell midden, habitation, and cemetery site, located on the beach in Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The Aklis site may represent the second Columbus landing site, but is endangered by rising sea levels. Students will gain hands on experience in excavation methods, mapping, artifact identification and classification, excavation of human skeletal material, and osteological data recording. Students will learn about the ecology, history, and culture history of St. Croix through visits to local museums and national parks, such as Buck Island Reef National Monument, Estate Whim Museum and Plantation, a paleoethnobotanical tour of the local rainforest, activities with the National Park Service and United States Fish and Wildlife Services on St. Croix, and interactions with scholars and experts on St. Croix.

Caribbean - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - Bioarchaeology - 2016

Deadline
2016-03-04

This archaeological and bioarchaeological field school will take place at the Aklis site, a prehistoric shell midden, habitation, and cemetery site, located on the beach in Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The Aklis site is being jeopardized by rising sea levels; excavations and mapping in 2016 will focus on salvaging exposed, endangered human burials and related features. Students will gain “hands-on” experience in excavation methods, mapping, artifact identification and classification, skeletal excavation, and osteological data recording. Students will also learn about the ecology, history, and prehistory of St. Croix through visits to local museums and national parks, such as Buck Island Reef National Monument, Estate Whim Museum and Plantation, a paleoethnobotanical tour of the local rainforest, activities with the National Park Service and United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and interactions with scholars and experts on St. Croix.

Caribbean - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - Excavation Based Bioarchaeology Field School - 2015

Caribbean - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - Excavation Based Bioarchaeology Field School - 2015

Deadline
2015-02-27

This bioarchaeological and archaeological field school will take place at the Aklis site, a prehistoric shell midden, habitation, and cemetery site, located on the beach in Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The Aklis site is endangered by rising sea levels. Students will gain hands on experience in excavation methods, particularly those for recovery of skeletonized human remains, artifact mapping, artifact identification and classification, and osteological inventory and data recording. Students will learn about the ecology, history, and culture history of St. Croix through visits to local museums and national parks, such as Buck Island Reef National Monument, Estate Whim Museum and Plantation, a paleoethnobotanical tour of the local rainforest, activities with the National Park Service and United States Fish and Wildlife Services on St. Croix, and interactions with scholars and experts on St. Croix.

Caribbean - St. Vincent - The SVG Public Archaeology Program - 2011

Caribbean - St. Vincent - The SVG Public Archaeology Program - 2011

Deadline
2011-09-01

SVGdigs and The SVG Public Archaeology Program was created in June 2010 as a not-for-profit venture to help rescue and record significant archaeology on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Volunteers came from Alberta, Ontario, Florida, New Jersey and Greece, happily contributing to a successful 2011 season. Our results were significant, identifying further evidence of prehistoric structures and burials, one of which included the recovery (and restoration) of a complete pot whose vessel form had never before been identified in SVG and the Caribbean. Given the significance of our findings, and the extent of archaeology that remains, the International Airport Development Company (IADC) of SVG approved a 2012 season. This project is in thanks and cooperation with the SVG National Trust and the IADC, as well as Dr. Richard Callaghan of the University of Calgary.

Caribbean - The St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research - 2015

Deadline

The St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological research is accepting volunteers and students for the 2015 field season.

Caribbean / North America - Florida - Molasses Reef Wreck 2012

Deadline
2012-06-01

An Underwater Archaeological Field School

Central America - Belize - Actuncan Archaeological Project: Field School in Belize, Summer - 2012

Central America - Belize - Actuncan Archaeological Project: Field School in Belize, Summer - 2012

Deadline
2012-03-30
The UTA Anthropology Program is pleased to announce the Archaeology Field School in Belize, June 2, 2012 - June 25, 2012. Participate in an ongoing archaeological dig at the Classic Maya site of Actuncan, Belize. Learn the fundamentals of archaeological field and laboratory investigation amid the tropical beauty of Belize, Central America. Deadline to apply: MARCH 30, 2012.

Central America - Belize - Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance (BVAR)

Deadline
2010-05-31

In 2010, BVAR’s operations will once again focus on the site of Baking Pot. Baking Pot is one of the largest sites in the Belize Valley and served as the capital to a small kingdom in the Classic period (c. AD 250-830). Settlement excavations began in 2007 and will run through the 2010 field season, investigating a stratified random sample of housemounds. More extensive excavations of select house groups will also be conducted in order to better understand changes in domestic and community organization of the site across time.

Central America - Belize - Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance - 2011

Deadline
2011-05-29

In 2011, BVAR’s operations will focus on the sites of Baking Pot and Lower Dover. These sites are among the largest centers in the Belize Valley and served as the capitals to small kingdoms in the Classic period (c. AD 250-900).
BVAR's settlement research agenda will continue with extensive excavation of household groups at Baking Pot. Research at Lower Dover will focus on the monumental architecture in the site core in an effort to determine the developmental history of this center. Ongoing regional survey will continue within the Belize Valley, recording sites and archaeological features over an area of nearly 100 square kilometers.

Central America - Belize - Maya Archaeology at Minanha (Trent University) - 2012

Deadline
2012-04-01

The Social Archaeology Research Program (SARP) is a long term project focused on the investigation of ancient Maya sociopolitical interaction. In particular, we are interested in examining the following questions: Why were Maya city-states so unstable? How did city-states of different size and strength interact with each other? How were these city-states integrated? How were royal courts organized? What was life like on the border of a city-state? And, What factors lead to the infamous “Maya collapse?” Our research is focused at the ancient Maya center of Minanha. Thirteen years of research at this ancient Maya center has answered many questions, but there is much more to learn.

Central America - Belize - Maya Archaeology at Minanha, Belize

Deadline
2010-04-01

The Social Archaeology Research Program (SARP) is a long term project focused on the investigation of ancient Maya sociopolitical interaction. In particular, we are interested in examining the following questions: Why were Maya city-states so unstable? How did city-states of different size and strength interact with each other? How were these city-states integrated? How were royal courts organized? What was life like on the border of a city-state? And, What factors lead to the infamous “Maya collapse?” Our research is focused at the ancient Maya center of Minanha. Twelve years of research at this ancient Maya center has answered many questions, but there is much more to learn…

Central America - Belize - Maya Belize Archaeology Field School - 2015

Deadline
2015-04-13

The Humboldt State University (HSU) Belize Archaeology Field School is a transect survey project. The project investigates hinterland communities located between two Maya administrative site centers: Dos Hombres and Gran Cacao. Field school students will receive training in archaeological excavation, field survey, total mapping station procedures, and laboratory analysis. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to visit Maya sites such as Lamanai and La Milpa. The field school offers two upper division courses: ANTH 306 Cultures of Belize and ANTH 357 Field Archaeology.

Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 20th Field Season at Blue Creek, Belize - 2011

Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 20th Field Season at Blue Creek, Belize - 2011

Deadline
2011-07-24
The Maya Research Program is a U.S.-based non-profit organization (501C-3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, we have sponsored archaeological fieldwork at the ancient Maya site of Blue Creek in northwestern Belize. 2011 will be our 20th field season at the site of Blue Creek!
Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 21st Field Season at Blue Creek, Belize!! - 2012

Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 21st Field Season at Blue Creek, Belize!! - 2012

Deadline
2012-07-15

The Maya Research Program (MRP) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization (501c3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, MRP has sponsored archaeological fieldwork at the ancient Maya site of Blue Creek in northwestern Belize. The Blue Creek Archaeological Project is an annual excavation that incorporates cost-sharing volunteers and students. In 2012, MRP continues to offer students and volunteers opportunities to participate in one of the major research efforts in Maya archaeology.

Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 22nd Archaeologcal Field Season! - 2013

Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 22nd Archaeologcal Field Season! - 2013

Deadline
2013-07-01
The Maya Research Program is a U.S.-based non-profit organization (501c3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, we have sponsored archaeological fieldwork at the ancient Maya sites of Blue Creek, Nojol Nah, Xnoha, and Grey Fox in northwestern Belize. In 2013 we again offer opportunities to participate in our field program and learn about the Maya of the past and today. The Blue Creek project is open to student and non-student participants, regardless of experience. The field school is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and participants will receive training in archaeological field and laboratory techniques. Academic credit and scholarships are available.
Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 23rd field season in Belize - 2014

Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 23rd field season in Belize - 2014

Deadline
2014-07-27
The Maya Research Program is a U.S.-based non-profit organization (501c3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, we have sponsored archaeological fieldwork at the ancient Maya sites of Blue Creek, Nojol Nah, Xnoha, and Grey Fox in northwestern Belize. Gain experience excavating Maya architecture and learning lab techniques such as bioarchaeology, osteology, ceramics, and 3D modeling. Academic credit available. Students receive a 15% discount!
Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 25th archaeological field season - 2016

Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 25th archaeological field season - 2016

Deadline
2016-07-17
The Maya Research Program is a U.S.-based non-profit organization (501C3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, we have sponsored archaeological fieldwork in northwestern Belize and ethnographic research in the village of Yaxunah, Mexico. The Maya Research Program is affiliated with the University of Texas at Tyler.

This summer marks MRP’s Blue Creek Archaeological Project’s 25th archaeological field season in northwestern Belize. MRP is proud to support a vast range of talented researchers from across the globe under this project’s umbrella. Our research associates include not only archaeologists, but also soil scientists, geoarchaeologists, geographers, conservationists, cultural anthropologists, bioarchaeologists, and botanists.

Central America - Belize - Mayan Archaeology and Culture - 2016

Deadline
2016-04-30

Under the direction of archaeologist Dr. Jaime Awe,
we will excavate and do lab work at the ancient Maya site of Cahal Pech. We will explore the Maya ruins of Xunantunich, Caracol, Tikal, Lim Ni Punit, and the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave. We will learn Garifuna drumming, Maya herb medicines/fire hearth cooking, and chocolate making on stones.

Central America - Belize - UNH Archaeological Field School in Belize - 2011

Deadline
2011-05-16

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is offering a summer archaeological field school in Belize, directed by Dr. Eleanor Harrison-Buck of the Department of Anthropology. The Archaeological Field School in Belize is an intensive, four-week summer field course that runs from 28 May to 26 June, 2011. Students will investigate ancient Maya archaeological sites in the jungles of the eastern Belize River valley in Central America. Project participants can earn course credit and learn to map and excavate archaeological sites and receive hands-on training in field and lab methods. For more information about the program email belize.fieldschool@unh.edu and see the UNH website (http://www.unh.edu/anthropology/belize).

Central America - Costa Rica - Costa Rica Tree Field Studies - 2016

Central America - Costa Rica - Costa Rica Tree Field Studies - 2016

Deadline
2016-03-12

Primate Behavior or Costa Rican Monkey Lab

This three week long course is designed to teach undergraduate and graduate students the basic skills needed for the study of wild monkeys. Students will learn to find, track and take data on White-faced Capuchins, Mantled Howlers, and Black-handed Spider Monkeys living at the Estacion Biologica El Zota, Limon Costa Rica.

Central America - Costa Rica - DANTA: Association for Conservation of the Tropics - 2016

Deadline
2016-06-01

Each year DANTA offers a number of training courses in various aspects of tropical biology. Typically, the courses are one month long but shorter courses are also offered through our organization. The courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical biology and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Non-students are also welcome to participate.

Central America - Costa Rica - Southern Costa Rica Archaeological Project - 2013

Deadline
2013-04-15

The Southern Costa Rica Archaeological Project (SCRAP) is proud to be one of the most economical non-profit field schools in Latin America, and one which offers transferable college credits while maintaining a low faculty to student ratio. SCRAP is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) and formally permitted in Costa Rica. You will be involved in an active research project with involving excavation, survey, and lab analysis. The cost of the field school subsidizes many of the research expenses and covers all your lodging, meal, and transportation expenses within Costa Rica.

Central America - Costa Rica - Tree Field Studies (Tropical Research in Ecology and Ethology): Field School teaching ecology, conservation & behavior in the Tropics - 2014

Deadline
2014-03-15

Tree Field Studies (TREE: Tropical Research in Ecology and Ethology, LLC) is a small field school teaching a variety of course in the tropics.

Our principle locations are Costa Rica, Tanzania, and Panama. Our field locations in Central America are: Estacion Biologica El Zota, Cana Palma Reserve, Tortuguero, Bocas Del Toro, Panama. In Africa we teach at Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre, Tanzania.

For the summer of 2014 we are offering the following courses: Primate Behavior & Ecology, Tropical Herpetology, Tropical Entomology, Tropical Ecology.

Our web address is http://treefieldstudies.wix.com/treefieldstudies

Central America - Guatemala - Mayan Ethnographic Field School in Guatemala - 2014

Deadline
2014-03-15

Participating in secret ancient indigenous rituals on cliff-tops, hunting exotic medicinal plants in forests, and projects to conserve cultural traditions are all part of the adventure. This summer abroad program gives an intimate hands-on glimpse into another culture, discover the colorful world of the mountain indigenous K’iche Maya. Stretching across a region of Guatemala’s stunning beautiful highlands, volcanoes and lowland rainforests, this course explores the dynamic interactions of human societies. Our program includes homestays with welcoming K’iche Mayan families as well as Mayan ceremonies, saunas, medicinal plant treatments, Mayan festivals, as well as learning indigenous weaving and artwork. Concurrently, through course activities, assignments, & individual projects, students develop practical skills & experience in anthropological fieldwork.

Central America - Honduras - Comayagua Valley-Archaeological Field School at Yarumela, Honduras - 2011

Deadline
2011-04-22

Four-week field school in Honduras, from July 9th, 2011 to August 5th, 2011 Deadline for applications is April 22nd, 2011. Earn 4 credit hours in anthropology from Transylvania University, transferable to most colleges.
Cost is $2800+$900 for 4 credit hours from Transylvania University, plus airfare. Learn modern excavation and survey techniques, as well as the behind-the-scenes logistics of starting an archaeological project.
This is a complete cultural-immersion experience. You will leave the course with an understanding of archaeological field techniques and an unforgettable cultural experience!

Central America - Honduras - PROJECT ROATÁN Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School

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The USF Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School is a six-week summer research program that allows participants to explore the fascinating world of ancient Mesoamerica through scientific excavation of a late prehispanic village, El Antigual, located against a backdrop of beautiful tropical forests and pristine beaches on Roatán Island, Honduras. As one of the educational components of Project Roatán, an international collaborative between the University of South Florida and the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History, the program introduces participants to the ways in which archaeology can answer questions about past lifeways and simultaneously contribute to understanding the current intersection of cultural heritage and global tourism. All majors are welcomed.

Central America - Honduras - Project Roatan Mesoamerican Archaeology Fieldschool - 2011

Deadline
2011-03-01

The USF Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School is a five-week summer research program that will allow students to explore the fascinating history of pirates and Puritans in the Caribbean through scientific excavation of 17th century English and Pech settlements at New Port Royal and Camp Bay Village, both located against a backdrop of beautiful tropical forests and pristine beaches on Roatán Island, Honduras. The program is designed to introduce students to the ways in which archaeology can answer questions about past lifeways and simultaneously contribute to current issues concerning cultural heritage and global tourism.

Through assisting archaeologists in the field and laboratory, participants will be trained in the methods, theories, and ethics of contemporary archaeology. Participants will learn about the cultures and colonial history of the Bay Islands, a highly contested region of the Caribbean between Spain and England during the 17th century, through seminars and field trips led by USF faculty. Students also will gain a broader perspective on the world by living and working in a Central American community.

Central America - Honduras - The Exploration Foundation Field School in Honduras

Deadline
2010-04-09

Learn archaeological field techniques while exploring on the the great Formative period centers of Honduras. Students will learn basic excavation and survey techniques, as well as how to start and organize an archaeological project. While appropriate to any student interested in archaeology, this will especially benefit students who intend to become professional archaeologists.

Central America - Mayan Ethnographic Field School in Guatemala -updated - 2014

Deadline
2014-04-16
ANT 390 Mayan Ethnographic Field School in Guatemala June 1 – June 21, 2014 - 3 credits Participating in secret ancient indigenous rituals on cliff-tops, hunting exotic medicinal plants in forests, and projects to conserve cultural traditions are all part of the adventure. This summer abroad program gives an intimate hands-on glimpse into another culture, discover the colorful world of the mountain indigenous K’iche Maya. Stretching across a region of Guatemala’s stunning, beautiful highlands, volcanoes, this course explores the dynamic interactions of human societies. Our program includes homestays with K’iche Mayan with the welcoming extended Leon family as well as Mayan ceremonies, saunas, medicinal plant treatments, Mayan festivals, as well as learning indigenous weaving and artwork. Concurrently, through course activities, assignments, & individual projects, students develop practical skill & experience in anthropological fieldwork.Co-director Adelphi University Anthropology Professor Douglas London has two decades of experience working with the Maya in Guatemala. Co-Director Taxa London is a Kiche Maya from Chichicastenango. Our lead teacher “Chema” is a K’iche Mayan shaman and will take you on a journey through the spiritual life of the Mayan people. Among others we will visit ancient Maya cities and ruins and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the Americas: Antigua. For details interested students should email Professor Douglas London at dlondon@ adelphi.edu Program Cost $2150 CIE Fee $150 *Undergrad Tuition (3 cr) $2700 Total $4950 website:https://adelphi-sa.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=27425

Central America - Mexico - Chiapas Bioanthropology - 2015

Deadline
2015-06-07

The Mexican Biological Variation Project is aimed at understanding the range of human biological variation both phenotypic and genotypic present in southern Mexico. Students will be broadly trained in research strategies for human biology field studies ranging from the planning stage through data analysis. These will include training in study design, human biological phenotype collection, and DNA extraction methods. Our field-school is run concurrently with the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP) that documents the experiences of migrants from Central America and beyond. A portion of the program will be dedicated to ground work for future epigenetic work among migrant populations.

Central America - Mexico - Chiapas Ethnography - 2015

Deadline
2015-06-07
Hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants from Central America and beyond cross Mexico each year on their way to the United States. Many of these people walk across Mexico or ride on the top of dangerous cargo trains known as la bestia (“The beast”). These migrants carry backpacks loaded with food, clothing, and other provisions on their often dangerous journeys across multiple countries. Since 2009, the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP) has been using a variety of anthropological methods (e.g., ethnography, archaeology, forensic science) to understand the experiences of clandestine border crossers on the US/Mexico border and the Mexico/Guatemala border. In 2015, the UMP will begin a new project in the southern Mexican town of Palenque (Chiapas) focused on documenting the experiences of migrants preparing to cross Mexico.

Central America - Mexico - Ethnohistorical Archaeology - 2015

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The objective of this interdisciplinary project is to introduce innovative methods of integrating archaeological research with art history, ethnohistory, and ethnography, in an intensive travel study program spanning from busy Mexico City to the scenic valleys and highlands of Oaxaca and Puebla. This program runs from June 21 - July 18. It does not involve active participation in archaeological digs. Through daily traveling and hiking, students will learn about the millennial indigenous cultures, the impact of European colonialism, and the contemporary lifestyles and issues, by the active exploration of archaeological and historical sites, museum collections, and indigenous communities. These excursions will be integrated with classroom courses and on-site lectures delivered by experts on ethnohistorical documents, archaeological field and lab methods, and ethnographic research
Central America - Mexico - Ethnohistorical Archaeology Travel/Study Program

Central America - Mexico - Ethnohistorical Archaeology Travel/Study Program

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The object of this interdisciplinary project is to introduce innovative methods of integrating archaeological research with art history, ethnohistory, and ethnography, in an intensive Travel Study program spanning from bustling Mexico City to the scenic valleys, highlands, and coasts of Oaxaca. Through daily traveling and hiking, students will learn about the millennial indigenous cultures, the impact of European colonialism, and the contemporary lifestyles and issues, by the active exploration of archaeological and historical sites, museum collections, and indigenous communities. These excursions will be integrated with classroom courses and on-site lectures delivered by experts on ethnohistorical documents, archaeological field and lab methods, and ethnographic research. Note that this Travel Study program does not involve active participation in an archaeological dig.

Central America - Mexico - Ethnohistory Field Program - 2014

Deadline
2014-06-02
The purpose of this field program is to introduce students to innovative research methods in the integration of archaeology, art history, ethnohistory, and ethnography. Mexico in general and the vast state of Oaxaca in particular create an ideal research environment, where the indigenous cultures constructed monumental sites, ruled over city-states, invented complex writing systems, and crafted among the finest artistic traditions in the world, some of which are still perpetuated to this day. The clash of the Indigenous and the European worlds in the 16th century created a most unique culture, the legacy of which underlies the modern nation of Mexico. By traveling through the mountains, valleys, and coasts of Oaxaca and immersing themselves in this rich study environment, students will gain direct experience with archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic research methods and resources. In addition, the course aims to provide insights into the practicalities of conducting academic research in Mexico, by visiting research institutes and hearing on-site lectures from local experts. A broader question to be addressed is how new modes of inquiry in archaeology can reflect on approaches more consistent with the logic inherent in the scientific method. This interactive course will explore methods that avoid one-sided dependencies, and will link the past and present through the exploration of those surviving ancient sites and living communities which are directly referenced in the ethnohistorical records. Note that this Travel Study Program does not involve active participation in an archaeological dig.

Central America - Mexico - MesoAmerican Ethnoecology

Deadline
2010-05-17

ANT 495 MesoAmerican Ethnoecology (3)
This is a travel course that includes one on-campus orientation meeting and travel to Tapachula, Mexico for field studies. Learn how families use plants in their environment for food, medicine, ritual and material culture. Students may enroll only with the instructor's consent. For further information, contact the instructor, Dr. Janine Gasco, at jgasco@csudh.edu/310-243-3506.

Central America - Nicaragua - Archaeological Field School - 2016

Deadline
2016-05-23

The 2016 summer field school will be located in the town of Boaco, a little more than an hour’s drive northeast of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. The Boaco area is little known archaeologically. The research will focus on cross-isthmian cultural contacts as Boaco sits on two major drainages, one that flowing to the Caribbean and the other to the Pacific Ocean. Dr. Fred Lange, Visiting Associate Professor at the CSUDH will be the Project Director for a field school in Nicaraguan archaeology.The field school will include archaeological survey, test excavations, and laboratory analysis culminating in individual students research presentations.

Central America - Nicaragua - El Rayo Field School -2016

Deadline
2016-04-22

For the past 15 years, archaeologists have excavated sites along the shore of Lake Cocibolca in search of archaeological evidence for Mexican colonization. This field school will continue this quest through investigations at the site of El Rayo, the most significant site for studying the potential impact of outsiders on indigenous cultural traditions. This research project will continue a longstanding program from the University of Calgary, working in close collaboration with regional institutions including the National University of Nicaragua and Mi Museo in Granada. The core theoretical perspective focuses on the interpretation of culture change, especially ethnicity, in the centuries leading up to the Spanish Conquest in 1522 CE. As such, the results are of fundamental importance to developing claims of cultural identity by existing indigenous groups in the region. Fieldwork will consist of excavation of residential mounds where evidence of household activities and human remains has previously been observed. Students will work alongside experienced Nicaraguan archaeologists as well as Canadian and American teaching assistants. Additional 2016 field experience will include surveying to map the excavation area and relate finds with those from previously excavated areas, and field drawings of excavation units and profiles.

Central America - Panama - Chiriqui Archaeological Project - 2014

Deadline
2014-05-01

The Chiriquí Archaeological Project is proud to be one of the most economical non-profit field schools in Latin America, and one which offers transferable college credits while maintaining a very low faculty to student ratio. You will be involved in an active research project with involving excavation, survey, and lab analysis. The 2014 field school will deal with the small farmstead and hamlet sites located between the Barriles political center and the pre-Columbian village community of Pitti-González. Barriles is a large pre-Columbian center notable for its early monumentality. The site contains numerous earthen mounds, stone sculpture, and sprawling residential sectors dating primarily to the Formative period (300 B.C. to A.D. 900). Our current research questions deal with the organization of particular activities. Please visit the website for more information.

Central America - Panama - Chiriqui Archaeological Project - 2015

Deadline
2015-04-16

The Chiriquí Archaeological Project (CAP) is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) and formally permitted in Panama. This active research project involves excavation, mapping, survey, and lab analysis. The 2015 field school (June 15 to July 15) will be centered upon the Barriles site, located in the highlands of western Panama (roughly 5000 feet above sea level). Barriles was a large pre-Columbian center notable for its early monumentality. The site contains several residential sectors dating primarily to the Aguas Buenas period (A.D. 300 to 900). For more information, please visit our project website at: http://scottpalumbo.wix.com/scrap

Central America - Panama - Proyecto Arqueológico Sitio Drago - 2012

Central America - Panama - Proyecto Arqueológico Sitio Drago - 2012

Deadline
2012-06-01
This project seeks to provide a broader range of information to better evaluate Panama’s Caribbean Bocas del Toro Province settlement history. The Proyecto Arqueológico Sitio Drago will examine archaeological sites and evidence of contact with cultures hundreds of kilometers away using archaeology and natural history observations.

Central America - PSU Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua Archaeological Field School - 2015

Deadline
2015-05-29

Summer 2015 will mark the second year of the Chiquilistagua Archaeological Field School directed by Dr. Justin Lowry (George Mason University) and Jason Paling (co-director -Plymouth State University). The goals of the Chiquilistagua Archaeological Project are to explore and investigate settlements in the so-called “intermediate zone,” a diverse ecological and cultural area that stretches from the southern Maya periphery in Honduras and El Salvador to the northern edges of the Great Nicoya region. Their investigations in Nicaragua are concentrated primarily in central Nicaragua from the southwestern edge of Lake Managua to the Pacific Ocean. The intent of the project is to test the validity of models proposing an association of this area with the economic and political periphery of the southern Mesoamerican people and cultures. Archaeological investigations of a recently discovered pre–Columbian settlement in Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua will help to contribute to our understanding of the variety of cultural diversity found throughout Central America. Our long term research goal is to document household activities among sites located near and around the present day town of Chiquilistagua; a settlement located approximately six kilometers southwest of the present day capital of Managua. The town and site are located on the border between the Nicaragua Depression and the Pacific Volcanic Cordillera

Central America- Panama- Sitio Drago Field School- 2014

Deadline
2014-06-21

Panama’s Caribbean Bocas del Toro Province was assumed to have been settled only 1400 years ago and to have remained isolated throughout its brief prehistory. Recent research has uncovered much evidence to the contrary. This project seeks to provide a broader range of information to better evaluate the region’s settlement history and developing social complexity. To date the Proyecto Arqueológico Sitio Drago has uncovered evidence of a much older settlement history and illustrated evidence of contact with cultures hundreds of kilometers away. The 2014 field season will focus primarily on excavation and data recovery from a mortuary area in the central part of Sitio Drago. Previous excavation has uncovered an area adjacent to 5 burials that is rich in artifacts and faunal remains indicative of some sort of ritual feasting activity. We will continue working in this area and gather data to better understand the nature of the proposed ritual behavior and social structure at the site.

Central America/Caribbean - Dominican Republic-The Macoríx Archaeological Project - 2012

Central America/Caribbean - Dominican Republic-The Macoríx Archaeological Project - 2012

Deadline
2012-06-01
Fieldwork takes place in the Dominican Republic and will investigate the first contact between Europeans and aborigines in the Americas. Students will examine the impact of this contact using archaeological and cultural evidence.

Europe - Albania - Narta Lagoon Archaeological Project - 2014

Deadline
2014-02-15

The UB Archaeology in Albania summer program, hosted at the Narta Lagoon Archaeological Field School, aims to investigate the spread of the earliest farming communities to Europe and the reaction of these early farmers to the effects of a climate change that occurred 8,200 years ago. The survey and excavation at the Narta lagoon will provide students with a detailed understanding of cutting-edge archaeological method and theory, and a firsthand experience of modern excavation and survey methodology.Students will visit Apollonia, a Corinthian colony, only 10km from the lagoon; the ancient town of Berat, a world heritage site, which has one of the best-preserved Iron Age castles in the Balkans; the Classical city of Butrint, another world heritage site, said to have been founded by Aeneas after escaping from Troy; and the National Museum of History in the capital Tirana. All of these excursions will be conducted by qualified guides and lecturers to lead and educate the students participating on this program.

Europe - Belgium - Walhain-St-Paul Project - 2016

Europe - Belgium - Walhain-St-Paul Project - 2016

Deadline
2016-01-21

Undergrad and grad students are welcome to join the international team excavating a 12th-century castle in Belgium! Students learn archaeological field methods, field conservation techniques, and enjoy a cultural immersion experience in beautiful southern Belgium. Lectures from experts in material culture, archaeology, history, GIS, and museum studies as well as guided field trips to regional historic sites and a free time on the weekends round out the month-long field school.

Europe - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Survey Visoko - Archaetypes International Research - 2013

Deadline
2013-07-15

Survey and Preservation Project 2013.
Field school and experience in the Ancient capital of the Bosnian Kingdom. Survey research, Mapping, Geoscanning techniques, Archaeo Photography and Laboratory Experience. International experience joining students from all over Europe.

Europe - Bulgaria  - “FRESCO-HUNTING” PHOTO EXPEDITION TO MEDIEVAL BALKAN CHURCHES

Europe - Bulgaria - “FRESCO-HUNTING” PHOTO EXPEDITION TO MEDIEVAL BALKAN CHURCHES

Deadline
2012-03-31
An expedition for documentation of medieval frescoes preserved in abandoned churches and chapels of Western Bulgaria. Beside the fieldwork activities, lectures,workshops and trainings in: South East European Medieval History, Orthodox iconography, introduction to the Documental Photography and fresco conservation and restoration, graphic documentation (drawn and photographic record) and illustration (both drawing and using graphic software) of architectural features and frescos as well as guided tours to Sofia, Boyana Church and the Rila monastery (UNESCO world heritage sites) will be provided. Students could obtain up to 9 academic credits upon request.
Discounts off the admission fee are available!
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