Astypalaia Bioanthropology Field School

Here’s another field school for those interested in working on a project in Greece.  Application for the 2014 Astypalaia Bioanthropology Field School is now open.  The field school is from July 9 to August 11, 2014.  For further information, go to:

Field School in Mortuary Archaeology, Poland, 2014

The 16th Field School in Mortuary Archaeology will be held in Drawsko, Poland, in summer 2014.

The post-medieval, skeletal cemetery at Drawsko, Poland (16-17 centuries AD) provides a unique opportunity for students to practice bioarchaeology by learning archaeological excavation techniques and working with human osteological material. To date more than 150 burials have been excavated, and the skeletal collection includes various evidence of traumatic injury, infectious, degenerative and genetic disease, nutritional deficiency, as well as atypical lesions that have yet to be identified.

At the site students are allowed to excavate burials by themselves getting hands-on experience. The professional supervision is provided by the international team of instructors from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, State University of New York, Oneonta, USA, University of Manitoba, Canada and Slavia Foundation, Lednica, Poland. Excavated bones serve as reference material in osteology courses worth 6 academic credits (ECTS). The language of the Field School is English.

More info about this project can be obtained either at or by contacting Dr. Marek Polcyn, Slavia Project Co-ordinator, directly.


11th Annual Himalayan Anthropological Field Expedition

The Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE), a humanitarian organization based in Atlanta, GA, works in the remote Western Himalayan regions of Northern India.  This will be its 11th year offering an anthropological field school in the summer.  Last summer the field school incorporated a week of participation in a medical expedition treating Tibetan refugees – a program HHE has offered since 1996.  It was hugely successful and provided students with a unique opportunity to apply cultural, biological and medical anthropology concepts.

JUNE 19-JULY 9, 2014

Trip description: Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE) is organizing its 11th annual, anthropological field expedition to India in the summer of 2014.  Through independent study/fieldwork in the Inner and Greater Himalayan region of North India, HHE will offer students a practical approach to the study of India and the Himalayan culture in a socio-cultural, medical and religious context.  During their journey, team members will attend a 7-day, public health awareness camp and have the opportunity to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization and monastic life. In addition, through trekking and camping in remote areas, they will participate in the interconnectedness of the magnificent natural environment with a daily local existence. This first-hand experience will be accompanied by daily academic lectures and research assistance.

Lecture topics will include:  Cultural, Medical, Economic, Biological and Visual Anthropology, Religion & Philosophy, Cross-cultural healing, Ayurveda, Public Health, Buddhism, Hinduism, Indian and Tibetan history, High Altitude Adaptation, Psychology, Art/Fine Arts, Geography, Social Work, Sociology, Yoga and Meditation

Note: This is a moderately high-altitude expedition in rugged Trans Himalayan regions. Field camp elevations range between 6,000-8,000 feet, with a higher pass crossing of 10,000 feet. As a participant, you must be in excellent physical shape and health and be willing to work in improvised field sites.

Locations & destination points:  New Delhi, Kais, Kullu, Bir, Dharamsala and McLeodganj located in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Expedition fee: All-inclusive land cost fee is US $3,080. International airfare not included.

Application deadline: January 15, 2014
**Please be advised that space is limited**

Program Coordinators:
Professor Paul Donnelly, Ph.D in Buddhist Studies & Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University
Professor Hilarie Kelly, Ph.D. Anthropology Department, California State University, Long Beach
Professor Melissa Schrift, Ph.D. Department of Sociology and Anthropology East Tennessee State University
Ravi Singh, Founder/Director, Himalayan Health Exchange

For details:
Himalayan Health Exchange
phone: 404-929-9399

School credit available through:
California State University at Long Beach, Northern Arizona University or East Tennessee State University