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Study Archaeology in Taos, New Mexico (no experience needed, financial aid available). The 2015 Southern Methodist University field school will take place at the site of T’aitöna or Pot Creek Pueblo located in the forested mountains near Taos, New Mexico. This site is an important center for population aggregation and acknowledged as an ancestral site to both the Taos and Picuris Puebloan groups. Students will carryout excavations, collect samples for dating and analysis, participate in artifact analysis, and contribute to our knowledge of the social restructuring in the northern extent of the Puebloan Southwest and in the development of later communities.
The Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP), one of the most prestigious research institutions on the social sciences in Latin America, announces the fourth season of its field school in archaeological methods and laboratory analysis. The IEP now offers two programs designed to focus on the different but complementary areas of an archaeological research project: the Archaeological Field Methods Program and the Bioarchaeological Analysis Program. Field work will be done at the site of Panquilma, a 12th to 16th century prehispanic community located in the hinterland of one of the most important religious centers of the Andean coast: Pachacamac. Panquilma is a multicomponent site composed of monumental, household and funerary remains. We will be excavating a sample of each one of these components aiming to reconstruct ritual activities. Our Bioarchaeological Analysis Program offers training in statistical sampling in archaeology, ceramic analysis and cataloguing, lithic analysis and an intensive preparation in bioarchaeological analysis. Students will be trained in the processing of archaeological materials such as lithics, textiles, wooden artifacts, and botanical remains. We have at least 20 individuals that students will be able to work with for osteological analysis. Field Methods Program: May 25-June 19; June 22-July 17; July 20-August 14. Dates for the Bioarchaeology Analysis program are open; each student is able to choose when to come between December 2014 and April 2015.
This course provides the student with the opportunity to put anthropological methods and theories into practice through participation in a supervised fieldwork situation in a village in coastal Ecuador. Doing ethnographic fieldwork is the hallmark of cultural anthropology. More than any other approach to the study of culture, it is the primary defining criterion for the disipline and its practitioners. For most anthropologists, having done fieldwork is both a fundamental rite of passage that moves one towards professional status and an important life event that in some fashion shapes the individual. This course attempts to recognize the importance of fieldwork to the student personally as well as to introduce the student to a series of methods that anthropologists use in the process of doing fieldwork and gathering data.
The Florida Atlantic University archaeological field program is in its ninth year of operation. Unique to our program is its explicit attention to the goal of creating field archaeologists. Further, our program incorporates a multinational and multidisciplinary team of investigators. The program is oriented towards providing intensive and comprehensive training in archaeological field methods and interpretation. Students gain hands-on experience in excavation, survey, data recording, laboratory procedures, and report writing. We have accepted and trained students from accredited colleges and universities in the United States, South America, and Europe, many of whom go on to graduate work at the master’s and doctoral levels. The academic purpose of the program is to train graduate and undergraduate students in archaeological field and laboratory methods. Besides excavation and survey training, the program includes weekly lectures that focus on the process and theory of archaeological research and the prehistory of coastal Ecuador. Lectures are given by Field School instructors and guest scientists, both local and foreign. The instructor-student ratio in the field is 1:5. The program may be of special interest not only to Anthropology majors but also to Geology, Geography, or Environmental Studies students, as part of training includes topics related to the dynamics associated with long-term human use of environments and the creation of landscapes.
Application Deadline: March 27, 2015
Field School Location: Hungary
The Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) Field School is a summer undergraduate research program sponsored by Quinnipiac University and the National Science Foundation¹s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site program. Students accepted into the program will work with an international, multidisciplinary research team on the excavation and analysis of a Middle Bronze Age cemetery and settlement in eastern Hungary. Student travel, housing, food, field trip fees, etc. will be covered by the NSF in addition to a $500/week stipend (total $3,000).Ten Fellows will be selected from the pool of applicants. Students can apply online at the website mentioned above. The deadline for applications is March 27th. Eligibility: students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.
The aim of this programme is to increase awareness and competencies about archaeological and methodological issues. The school will provide all participants a deep knowledge of European archaeology with particular focus on Italian archaeology.
The course will be 4 weeks and it will be articulated in three main parts to provide students with theoretical knowledge and methodological tools:
Lectures, Laboratory, Field-activity.
Lectures will focus on:
•Archaeological methods and techniques
•Geomorphological and landscape analysis of sites
•Itc applications on archaeological data
Laboratory activities will allow students to develop their competence on:
•Procedures for cleaning, consolidation, restoration, labeling, inventory and cataloguing of materials
•Graphic, photographic and written documentation
•Digital processing of the acquired data
This academic program is organized by the University of Pisa in collaboration with Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Abruzzo (central Italy).
The aim is to increase awareness about archaeological and methodological issues through an intensive four weeks program of lectures, laboratory experience and field activity.
Field activities will be carried out in two important sites of central Italy: S.Stefano (Neolithic period) and Alba Fucens (Roman site).
Application deadline May 12th 2015
Fees : 2150 Euro (cost includes the school activity, accommodation and meals. International travel and all other than not specified are not included).
The Maya Research Program (MRP) and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) are hosting a Conservation Botany and Ethnography Field School in two Yucatan Mayan-speaking villages in Yucatán, Mexico July 17th to August 16th, 2015. The session will provide students and participants with intensive field experiences in both conservation botany and ethnographic methods around ethnobotanical problems. The faculty consists of a professional ethnobotanist, pharmacologist, medical and environmental anthropologist, human ecologist, and archaeologist, plus local experts in Maya plant ecology, Maya cosmology, Maya ritual as related to botany, and Maya culture, past and present. Students will enhance their skills under realistic field conditions, learn to work in teams, explore the ethics of ethnobotanical research, and participate in service learning projects! In addition, students will experience home stays with community members and learn Spanish throughout the session, and visit famous archaeological sites. Space is limited so remember to apply early to ensure your spot in the course.
A field school opportunity in Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic Archaeology, offered by The University of Winnipeg in collaboration with The National Museum (Belgrade) and Belgrade University, is now available to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. The field school will take place at the Middle- and Upper Paleolithic-bearing Šalitrena Cave site in the vicinity of Valjevo, Serbia. Students will participate in the excavation of the cave and the survey of the surrounding area, processing of artifacts and soil samples, as well as all phases of the documentation process and basic analyses of the recovered material. In addition to the field and lab work, there will be several formal lectures on different aspects of the project by specialists and distinguished visitors, and field trips are scheduled to historical and archaeological sites in the region.
Excavation of the Ancient Greek emporion Pistiros is to reveal more secrets about the trade, metallurgy, and every-day and religious life, especially the cult of Dionysus (which most of the ancient authors and the majority of the modern scholars consider rooting in Thrace) in Ancient Greece and Thrace in Classical and Hellenistic periods. The project provides amazing opportunities to dig at Pistiros, Bulgaria and gain hands-on experience in field archaeology; learn more about the Ancient Greek and Thracian culture from prominent Bulgarian and Canadian archaeologists; visit Thracian Royal tombs in the Rose Valley (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and ancient town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria as well many other archaeological and historical sites in the area; and take a trip to Istanbul, Turkey. The project sessions include the following three modules: fieldwork including excavation, maintaining a field journal on a daily basis, filling context sheets and labels, drawing an elevation plan / a ground plan/ a cross-section, 3D positioning of finds, taking coordinates with a level device, and taking photographs at the site; lectures, workshops and field training in Classical and field archaeology, finds processing and documentation; excursions to historic towns and archaeological sites in the region plus Plovdiv (among Europe’s oldest cities). The participants who attend either the three-week session or the two project sessions will be able to develop further their skills and competences regarding the field work and finds processing, gained during the first two-week session and to attend a number of extra lectures, workshops and an excursion to some of the most remarkable Thracian royal tombs in the Rose valley in and around Kazanlak and Starosel, Bulgaria. The participants who attend the two project sessions (1&2) will be able to attend a 5-day workshop on advanced digital imaging and surveying for archaeological and architectural recording alongside the excavation (it is optional and covered by the admission fee), taught by Canadian professor Dr. George Bevan (Queens University, Canada). Students will continue to excavate in the morning session but will have the option of additional training in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and photogrammetry of small finds such as coins or ceramics in the afternoon as well as of larger-scale features in excavated units on site. Further training will be given in the operation of a Total Station and the establishing of a survey control network on site. All participants receive a Project Handbook and the BHFS Certificate of Attendance. “Villa Terres” will host the field school in 2015. It is a newly built SPA complex & Winery in the village Karabunar. Accommodation in comfortable rooms two beds and suits with three (bathrooms with shower and WC), equipped with air-conditioning and TV. The hotel swimming pool & SPA facilities as well as Wi-Fi can be used for free. Cheap laundry service is available. During the project work days all participants will be given a lift from the hotel to the site (that is located 14 km away) and back. Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian homemade food) per day are covered by the admission fee. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: December 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015 (includes 10% discount off the admission fees)! Early Bird Admission fee for one project session is 1214 EUR / app.1530 USD*. USD (check current exchange rates!) Early Bird Admission fee for session 3 is 1844 EUR / app. 2323 USD* USD (check current exchange rates!) Early Bird Admission fee for for two project sessions is 2307 EUR / app.2907 USD*. USD (check current exchange rates!) REGULAR Admission fee after 31 January, 2015 is for participation in two/ three/ four-week project session/s is 1349 EUR /2049 EUR/ 2563 EUR (app. 1700 /2582/ 3229 USD). The admission fee includes educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day, free swimming pool and SPA), tools, materials, project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance; excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs. 6/9 credits for participation in one/two project sessions. Tuition: Starting from 282 EUR (app. 355 USD) for six credit hours! Check the BHFS website for details! Participants who are not interested in academic credits don’t need to pay the tuition fee.