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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Caribbean - Antigua - Antigua Summer Archaeological Field School - 2016

Caribbean - Antigua - Antigua Summer Archaeological Field School - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-06-04
End Date 2016-07-02

Multiple Sessions No
Multiple Session information


Archaeology Field School Location


Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

California State University, Chico

Academic Credit

4 units

Archaeology Field School Tuition


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

$4,345.00 covers all costs but airfare and personal expenses.

Archaeology Field School Travel

Archaeology Field School Description

The Antigua Archaeological Field School will be in its 10th year in 2016, and this field season promises to be exciting, as we combine joint excavations at two separate but closely-related locations: Monk’s Hill, a scenic 18th-century fort site, and Galleon Beach, a former burial ground for sailors. As a former British colony, these excavations link to our ongoing research at Betty’s Hope Plantation and allow us to see a broader picture of English colonization on Antigua and the wider Caribbean region. Students will have a full excavation experience working at both sites, learning current methodologies and professional standards and practices in field archaeology and bioarcheology. Dr. Matthew Brown of State University of New York, Farmingdale, will be directing the excavations at Galleon Beach. The field school is award-winning, 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.
Understanding basic principles of stratigraphy.
Field methodology and excavation techniques.
Creating accurate and professional field notes.
Learning current methodologies in bioarchaeology.
Develop knowledge of Antiguan and Caribbean archaeology.
Processing and cataloging archaeologically recovered materials.

Field school students will be assigned weekly readings that pertain to Caribbean colonial history and the methodologies of historical archaeology and bioarchaeology, as well as skeletal analyses.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Historical and bioarchaeology

Time Period

1650s-18th century

Field School Setting/Conditions

Caribbean island.

How is the project area accessed each day

Ground transportation provided to the sites and back each day.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

See explanation above

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

Yes; RPA and AAA Award

Directors and Instructors

Dr. Georgia Fox
Dr. Reginald Murphy
Dr. Matthew Brown
Dr. Cory Look
Christopher Waters (Ph.D. student)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Bioarchaelogical excavation from a sandy matrix; excavation of an eighteenth-century fort.

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes; field trips and related activities.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes from visiting scholars and staff.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Yes; weekend exploring

Other resources students will find useful

Graduate students and visiting scholars are also part of the project for the students to learn from.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Dr. Georgia Fox
California State University, Chico

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