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Caribbean - Antigua Betty's Hope Archaeologiacl and Bioarchaeological Field School - 2015

Caribbean - Antigua Betty's Hope Archaeologiacl and Bioarchaeological Field School - 2015

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2015-06-20
End Date 2015-07-19

Multiple Sessions No

Archaeology Field School Location

Antigua, Caribbean

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

California State University, Chico

Academic Credit

4 credit hours (optional)

Archaeology Field School Tuition

4 units of credit-optional ($240)

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

$ 4,145 (non-credit) or $4,385 (4 units of credit, optional).

Archaeology Field School Travel
Ground transpo
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

The field school costs cover Room and Board, ground transportation, insurance, course reader, tee shirts and field notebooks.

Airfare is extra and arranged by applicants.

Archaeology Field School Description

Our research questions concern multiple lines of inquiry, including: slave life and the African Diaspora, spatial and human dynamics on the landscape, daily life, and the impacts on diet, health, and human existence caught up in the powerful forces of the Atlantic trade. This was fueled by the desire for sugar, a luxury commodity that profoundly affected the island, its peoples, and ecology, and was integral in the Atlantic World of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Field School Activities

Betty’s Hope is an award-winning field school as designated by the American Anthropological Association and the Register of Professional Archaeologists. The field school was developed to provide hands-on professional training in archaeological field work. Students will be trained in:

How to set up and properly record excavation units and features.
Use of a total station to take elevations, mapping, and surveying.
Drawing features and profiles, and understanding the basic principles of stratigraphy.
Field methodology and excavation techniques.
Creating accurate and professional field notes.
Learning current practices in bioarchaeology.
Developing familiarity and knowledge of Antiguan and Caribbean archaeology.
Processing and cataloging archaeologically recovered materials.

For additional information, applicants are encouraged to watch the BBC 4 broadcast on You Tube: Nelson's Hell Hole at:

The New York Times, Nov. 7, 2015: Seeing the Whole of Antigua:

See us on Facebook @ Betty's Hope Archaeological Field School

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Historical Period

Time Period

seventeenth-nineteenth centuries

Field School Setting/Conditions

Caribbean island.

How is the project area accessed each day

20 minutes by car.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Weekdays will comprise field work, Monday through Friday. Students will also have the opportunity to hear evening lectures on Antigua’s prehistory and history. Weekends will be devoted to field trips, exploring the island’s rich geography and history, points of interest, and trips to Antigua's lovely beaches. Participating in the field school will allow students to experience contemporary Caribbean culture and cuisine.

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

Yes, RPA Certified and voted Best Field School for 2013 By RPA and AAA.

Directors and Instructors

Dr. Georgia Fox, CSU Chico
Dr. Murphy, Antigua
Dr. Matthew Brown, CUNY

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

No experience required. We welcome students from all academic disciplines, colleges and universities, and in various stages of their academic and professional training (undergraduate, in-between programs, and graduate), who are interested in historical archaeology, bioarchaeology, and anthropology. The program is international in scope, as participants and researchers come from the U.S., Canada, Europe,the Caribbean, Africa, and elsewhere.

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Is travel restriced during free time?

Depends on travel arrangements.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Dr. Georgia Fox at

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