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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

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

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

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2014-04-10
Start Date 2014-06-14
End Date 2014-07-18



Archaeology Field School Location
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge Frederiksted, St. Croix United States Virgin Islands

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
Mississippi State University
Academic Credit
6
Archaeology Field School Tuition
6 credits of in-state Mississippi State University tuition: $1,668.00.
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Room (in private cottages at the Cottages by the Sea tropical beach resort (http://www.caribbeancottages.com/): $1,316.43 per person. Board: $858.00 per person.
Archaeology Field School Travel
ground transportation: $284.56
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs
Cost Total amount: $4,377.85 (with ten students enrolled) (Amount will reduce to $3,652.27 with fifteen students enrolled.) Amount covers: lodging (in private cottages at the Cottages by the Sea tropical beach resort (http://www.caribbeancottages.com/), all meals, ground transportation on island (by car), and admission to educational tourism events incorporated in the field school schedule. Total does not include in state MSU tuition, application fee ($150.00, which covers student health insurance), and airfare (to and from St. Croix (STX), approx., $550.00).

Archaeology Field School Description


Course Schedule


Saturday & Sunday, June 14th & 15th:

Arrive on island. One of the staff or crew will be available to pick you up from the airport and bring you to the cottages, but you must provide us with your flight arrival information (and keep us updated as any changes occur). If you plan on arriving any earlier than the 14th, you will be responsible for your own transportation and lodging. You are free to explore and settle in during this time.

Monday, June 16th:

Orientation At Cottages: Introductions, rules & safety regulations, project background, site & island history. Basic archaeological excavation methods (setting up and tying into a site grid, laying out and opening new excavation units), artifact identification, cleaning and cataloging of archaeological material, proper note-taking, camera use, setup and use of total station. Site visit, if time allows.

Tuesday, June 17th – Friday, June 20th:

7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast, personal prep 7:45 Leave for site
8:00 - 10:00 Fieldwork
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 12:00 Fieldwork
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Fieldwork
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:45 Fieldwork
4:45 - 5:00 Pack up,load vehicles 5:00 - 6:00 Break
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 Evening lectures

Evening lectures for the week:

• Joshua Torres, PhD, Cultural Resource Program Manager, NPS St. Croix. Lecture topic: Prehistory of St. Croix (and hands on workshop in artifact identification)
• David Goldstein, PhD, Chief, Interpretation and Education, NPS St. Croix. Lecture topic: Ecology, ethnogenesis, and culture history of St. Croix.


Saturday, June 21st - Sunday, June 22nd:

OFF - Free time & planned weekend events.

• Planned weekend event: visit National Park Service (NPS) museums at Fort Christiansvaern & take a NPS-led guided tour of historic downtown Christiansted, St. Croix (http://www.nps.gov/chri/index.htm).
• Planned weekend event: visit the Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve, NPS, St. Croix (http://www.nps.gov/sari/index.htm).


Monday, June 23rd – Friday, June 27th:

7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast, personal prep 7:45 Leave for site
8:00 - 10:00 Fieldwork
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 12:00 Fieldwork
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Fieldwork
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:45 Fieldwork
4:45 - 5:00 Pack up,load vehicles 5:00 - 6:00 Break
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 Evening lectures


Evening lectures for the week:

• Michael Evans, Refuge Manager, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, United State Fish and Wildlife Service (USWFS). Lecture topic: Ecology of St. Croix and the US Virgin Islands.
• George Tyson, PhD, Virgin Islands Social History Association (VISHA). Lecture topic: Social history of St. Croix.


Saturday, June 28th - Sunday, June 29th:

OFF - Free time & planned weekend events.

• Planned weekend event: visit the Estate Whim Museum, a restored 18th century sugar cane plantation, museum, and archives (http://www.stcroixlandmarks.com/museums/estate-whim-museum), St. Croix.
• Planned weekend event: visit St. George’s Botanical Garden (http://www.sgvbg.org/), St. Croix. The garden features over 1500 native and exotic species and varieties, are established in and around the restored buildings and stabilized ruins of a 19th century Danish sugar cane plantation and partially overlap a prehistoric Amerindian settlement.


Monday, June 30th – Thursday, July 3rd:

7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast, personal prep 7:45 Leave for site
8:00 - 10:00 Fieldwork
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 12:00 Fieldwork
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Fieldwork
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:45 Fieldwork
4:45 - 5:00 Pack up,load vehicles 5:00 - 6:00 Break
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 Evening lectures

Evening lectures for the week:

• Elizabeth Rezende, PhD, professor, University of the Virgin Islands. Lecture topic: Colonialism on St. Croix: its history and legacy.
• David Hayes, MA, Registered Professional Archaeologist. Lecture topic: The archaeology of St. Croix.


Friday, July 4th: TBA


Saturday, July 5th - Sunday, July 6th:

OFF - Free time & planned weekend events.

• Planned weekend event: take a NPS-led visit to Buck Island Reef National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/buis/index.htm).
• Planned weekend event: visit the Lawaetz Family Museum (http://www.stcroixlandmarks.com/museums/lawaetz-family) on St. Croix, which recreates the Dutch colonial experience and explores the legacy of Dutch colonialism on island.


Monday, July 7th – Friday, July 11th:

7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast, personal prep 7:45 Leave for site
8:00 - 10:00 Fieldwork
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 12:00 Fieldwork
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Fieldwork
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:45 Fieldwork
4:45 - 5:00 Pack up,load vehicles 5:00 - 6:00 Break
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 Evening lectures

Evening lectures for the week:

• Mary Isaacs, the “Rain Forest Lady.” Lecture topic: ethnomedicine and paleoethnobotany of St. Croix.
• George Parker, PhD. Retired NPS historian. Lecture topic: The history of St. Croix as reconstructed through documentary materials.


Saturday, July 12th - Sunday, July 13th:

OFF - Free time & planned weekend events.

• Planned weekend event: attend Come Home to St. Croix events: Come Home to St. Croix is a week long heritage tourism event featuring lectures, interactive events, workshops, and educational tours focused on the culture history of St. Croix (http://www.stcroixlandmarks.com/come-home-to-stx/come-home-to-st-croix).
• Planned weekend event: Participate in the release of recently hatched baby leatherback sea turtles, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, USFWS, St. Croix.


Monday, July 14th:

7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast, personal prep 7:45 Leave for site
8:00 - 10:00 Fieldwork
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 12:00 Fieldwork
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Fieldwork
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:45 Fieldwork
4:45 - 5:00 Pack up,load vehicles 5:00 - 6:00 Break
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 Evening lectures

Evening lectures for the week:

• Meredith Reifschneider, PhD candidate, Stanford University. Lecture topic: Reconstructing the colonial and post-colonial period on St. Croix through archaeology.
• Chenzira Kahina, PhD., professor, Per Ankh University. Lecture topic: Heritage tourism and education: educating children and the public about the history of St. Croix.


Tuesday, July 15th - Wednesday, July 16th:

Close down site. Backfill and secure excavation units, clean and pack equipment, pack up artifacts, notes, etc. and transport to curatorial facility. Final field notebooks are due by Wednesday evening. Please do not schedule your departing flight before the evening of the 16th.


Thursday, July 17th and beyond:

The 2014 field school officially ends on the afternoon of July 16th. Check out of the cottages will occur by noon on the 17th, although you are welcome to make your own lodging arrangements if you would like to stay for a longer period of time. Staff and crew will be available to transport you to the airport from the 16th to the 18th as long as you make arrangements and confirm your plans ahead of time, but if you stay later than the 18th, you will be responsible for your own transportation.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
Excavation-Based Archaeology and Bioarchaeology Field School
Time Period
June 14th - July 16th
Field School Setting/Conditions
The site is located on a beach at the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, Frederiksted, St. Croix (http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=41526)
How is the project area accessed each day
parking available immediately adjacent to site.
What is the daily schedule for the field school
See long description/ course schedule
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
1st year
Is there a professional certification for this field school
no
Directors and Instructors
Molly Zuckerman, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures. E-mail: mkz12@msstate.edu Nicholas Herrmann, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures. E-mail: herrmann@anthro.msstate.edu
Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
Students will gain hands on experience in excavation methods, mapping, artifact identification and classification, excavation of human skeletal material, and osteological data recording
On rain days will there be lab work?
yes
Will there be additional organized activities?
yes (see long description/ course schedule)
Will there be additional organized activities?
yes (see long description/ course schedule)
Is travel restriced during free time?
no

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: https://msstate.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=49251

Field School Contact Information



Molly Zuckerman Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures PO Box AR Cobb Institute of Archaeology Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS 39762

Additional info and application here:

https://msstate.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=49251

Students need to apply to MSU as a transient student to apply to the program. Information about this can be found at: http://international.msstate.edu/abroad/started/transient/index.php

Once you have been accepted as a transient student, students will then have a netID and password and will be able to apply to the program.


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