Bates County Archaeology Field School

The Bates County Missouri Archaeological Field School is planning another great session this June. Once again, the focus is on sites related to the Missouri-Kansas Border War, an area considered by many as the starting point for the American Civil War. Featured in the March/April 2010 issue of Archaeology Magazine, this year’s field school will return to the John Greene farmstead to continue the examination of the long-term impact that ten years of guerrilla warfare had on not only the Greene family and their descendants, but on residents of the county overall.

The field school will be from June 8-28, 2014 and is available for 3 hours of either undergraduate or graduate credit through the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The field school is set up in such a way so that all students are able to get in-state tuition for this program.

For more information about the research program and the field school, please go to

Applying: The priority application deadline is March 14th, with notification of acceptance by March 21st. Applications will still be accepted until May 30th, 2014 and acceptance will be on a space available basis.

Enrollment will be limited to a maximum of 20 students.

Archaeological Field School in Nevis, West Indies

Monmouth University’s field school in Caribbean Historical Archaeology will continue last year’s work at the site of Fort Charles, the best preserved fort in Nevis. The fort was constructed in the 1600s and remained in use until at least the 1870s. Preliminary analysis of last year’s materials suggests a unique history of European and Afro-Caribbean interaction during the site’s 250+ year history.

Students will learn traditional and advanced surveying methods, how to conduct pedestrian surveys, standard archaeological excavation techniques, and how to identify, catalog, and analyze artifacts. There will be weekly lectures on Nevisian archaeology, history, and culture by project staff and experts.

Dates: May 24 – June 14, 2014
Costs: 3 hours credit (~$2500); $1000 room & board; round-trip airfare (~$600)
Undergraduate and graduate course credits available!
$200 deposit and application materials due by March 28th.

Space is limited to 12 students!
All participants receive a free shirt!

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FLC Archaeological Field School

The Fort Lewis College 2014 archaeological field school will be held May 25-July 5 at a late 19th/early 20th-century Hispanic village site south of Santa Rosa, New Mexico. The 6-week (and 6 credit) field program will provide students with training in archaeological survey, in-field artifact analysis, excavation, manual and digital mapping, historic building documentation, and cemetery documentation. Students will also benefit from evening lectures on research design, archaeological ethics, and historic preservation, and from field trips to sites and museums within the region.

Tuition waivers are available for enrolled tribal members; further
information is provided on FLC’s website (
If you have any questions about the project, feel free to contact Kelly Jenks at

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014.

Pimu Catalina Island Field School

The Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Field School is a collaborative research project with Tongva/Gabrielino tribal members, the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy and California State University, Northridge. The field school runs from July 18, 2011 to August 15, 2014 and is Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) certified.

In its seventh year, the field school provides students with practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, lab and cataloging methods while immersing them in the 9,000 years of prehistoric maritime history of the Tongva/Gabrielino nation. Students will also learn about how to apply cultural resource laws to public sector archaeological work.

Situated just off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina Island was historically an important trading supply outpost for Southern California and beyond. The field school is part of the on-going Pimu Catalina Island Archaeological Project (PCIAP), which is working to assess and protect archaeological sites on Catalina.

For More Information See:

Please contact Wendy Teeter at or at (310) 825- 1864 if you would like to participate.

DEADLINE:  Priority given to applications received before March 1, 2014. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis.

2014 Mount Vernon / UMD Historic Preservation Field School

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located near Washington, DC, is the historic site dedicated to interpreting the life of the first president within the context of his home and plantation. The 2014 Mount Vernon / University of Maryland (UMD) Field School in Historic Preservation embarks on its second year of a multi-year project to investigate the archaeological, architectural, and interpretive histories of the Washington families’ kitchen to create an integrated approach to its study, documentation, and public presentation.

This course will instruct students in historic preservation method and theory. Students will learn archaeological and architectural field methodology, laboratory procedures, and current themes in historical archaeology and historical preservation. Through readings, discussions, and field trips, as well as conducting fieldwork at George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm, students will delve into three prominent themes of historic house museums – the evolution of the plantation landscape, African American history, and public interpretation.

Field school dates: May 27th- July 3rd, 2014
Faculty: UMD Professor Donald Linebaugh and MVLA Historic Preservation staff
College Credit: 6 undergraduate or graduate credits
Housing: Mount Vernon does not offer housing on the property, but staff will work with students to find local accommodations if necessary.

A modest stipend will be provided.

-Full-time undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduate with good academic standing.
-Interest in historical archaeology, historic preservation, museums,and American history.
-Strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
-Capable of doing strenuous work outdoors in hot and humid conditions.

Application: Applicants should submit a resume, contact information for two references and a cover letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program by March 31st, 2014. Please email applications to Eleanor Breen, Deputy Director for Archaeology,

2014 Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeology Field School

The Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeology Department is pleased to announce its 18th Annual Archaeological Field School!

June 23 – July 25, 2014, Monday – Friday 8:30-4

Course Description: This five-week session will focus on locating evidence of an early 20th century mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath, on the museum grounds. Students will be trained in proper archaeological techniques and will learn to identify historic artifacts. Day trips in the area, museum tours by experts, and required readings on Historical Archaeology and the Jewish diaspora will introduce students to various areas of historic specialization. Students will also work in our laboratory to gain experience in processing artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public interpretation. Students will interact with museum visitors daily, and will be expected to offer interpretation of the site and our excavation activity.

Location: Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor living history museum located in historic Portsmouth, NH. Strawbery Banke archaeologists have conducted some of the largest urban archaeology projects in New Hampshire. Previous excavations at Strawbery Banke have revealed information on domestic life, immigration, building traditions, pottery manufacture, and other industries, and have demonstrated that Portsmouth is one of the richest sites for historical archaeology in northern New England.

Requirements: This field school does not require previous archaeological field experience, though an introductory course in archaeology may be helpful. Archaeological fieldwork can be demanding, and students should be able to work well as part of a team and tolerate physical activity and summer weather. If you are concerned about the requirements, please contact the instructor.

Enrollment Information: To apply, send a one-page letter detailing your interest in the field school, along with a resume or CV that includes names and contact information for two references to Strawbery Banke archaeologist and field school instructor Alexandra Martin at by May 1, 2014.
Enrollment is limited to 12

Cost: $850
Available Credits: Students may arrange to receive academic credit through their university.
Room and Board: Students are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation.
Related Fields of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Religion,
Jewish Studies

Public Archaeology Field School, Fort Vancouver

WHEN: June 17 – August 2, 2014
WHERE: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, and the National Park Service are pleased to announce a field school in historical archaeology at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The program will introduce the method and theory of fieldwork in historical archaeology.
Students will participate in all aspects of field and laboratory work: laying out units, excavation by shovel and trowel, mapping, drawing, photography, and cleaning, identifying, and analyzing artifacts. This year’s project will continue the use of digital recording using tablet computers to assist in recording of the dig site and grave monuments at the nearby Old City Cemetery. The season includes lectures by guest speakers and staff. The National Park Service and its partners are committed to sharing cultural resources and preservation values with the public. On a rotating basis, students will discuss the field school activities with visitors, including interpreting the significance of the site and the educational purposes of the project.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is an unparalleled archaeological laboratory, comprising the remains of Fort Vancouver, the ca.1825-1860 regional headquarters and supply depot for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and Vancouver Barracks, the first (ca. 1849-2010) permanent U.S. Army post in the Pacific Northwest.

The 2014 Public Archaeology Field School will continue a multi-year exploration of the multicultural Village (“Kanaka Village”), the largest settlement in the Pacific Northwest ca. 1829-1845. Residents included Native Hawaiians, the Métis, and people of many different American Indian tribes. Later, the village was the site of the Quartermaster’s Depot, part of the World War I Spruce Mill, which cut aviation-grade spruce for America’s war effort, and a barracks and training compound for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The field school will explore these sites and continue to collect data on the Old City Cemetery (45CL887), one of the oldest cemeteries in the City of Vancouver, Washington. The cemetery has suffered from repeated vandalism and this project is collecting baseline information on headstone condition, and their styles, decorations, and inscriptions to help in its future preservation.The field school will provide a unique research context to deploy mobile information technology in a variety of field situations while providing a means to expand use of mobile devices in heritage preservation.

For more information and an application:

For early notification, please submit application by April 4, 2014.
Applications are due no later than May 2, 2014.

Internship – Forensic Anthropology, FL

Dr. Tanya Peckmann of St. Mary’s University, NS, will be teaching a summer session course May 3-17, 2014, called “Internship in Forensic Anthropology” in Miami, Florida. This will be the fourth year that this amazing course has been offered.

The application date is quite soon (Jan 27, 2014). Only 16 students are chosen for the course and Dr. Peckmann wants to have the class list finalized by the first week of February – so students will have enough time to work extra shifts and find the funds to pay for this course. The total cost for the course including flights, hotel, and food is about $3500 for the 2-week course.

See Internship poster 2014.

Balkan Heritage Field School Projects 2014

The Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) has just opened the application session for the next field school season in 2014!

Every year the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) offers up to 15 projects/courses in the field of Archeology and History of South-Eastern Europe, Documentation, Conservation and Restoration of Historic Artifacts and Monuments – all of them are affiliated with ongoing excavation, heritage conservation and documentation projects and listed among the academic courses of New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria (so all participants can obtain academic credits upon request). Since 2003 the BHFS has implemented 52 field school projects attended by more than 900 students from 48 countries.

Project countries: Bulgaria, Macedonia.
Projects’ language: English.

Historical periods in focus of the BHFS projects: Early and Middle Balkan Neolithic (6000-5400 BC); Balkan Chalcolithic (5000 – 4000 BC), Archaic Greek (seventh-sixth century BC), Classical Greek (fifth to fourth century BC), Classical Thracian (fifth to fourth century BC), Hellenistic (fourth to first century BC), Roman (first to fourth century AD), Early Byzantine (fourth to sixth century AD), Early Medieval and Late Migration Period (seventh to ninth century AD) and Late Medieval (fourteenth to seventeenth century AD).

The BHFS projects in 2014:

The project provides a unique opportunity to students and volunteers to take part in an expedition for documentation of abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescoes in Western Bulgaria and to visit many other Christian Orthodox churches and monasteries, museums and archaeological sites in Sofia, Western Bulgaria and Eastern Serbia.

Standard Field School Project: 17 – 31 May, 2014
Extended Field School Project: (Standard project + Workshop on Advanced Digital Photographic Documentation): 17 May – 7 June, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

This workshop will instruct students on the use of the latest techniques in Computational Photography to document a Medieval church in Western Bulgaria. It is undertaken to support and compliment the efforts of the “Fresco-Hunting” Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches that has been running for six years in the area.

Dates: 31 May – 7 June, 2014

Excavations of one of the very first Neolithic settlements in Europe (6000-5400 BC) near Ilindentsi, Southwestern Bulgaria. Trips to medieval Melnik and Rila Monastery (Bulgaria). Optional trip to Philippi and Kavala on the Aegean Coast (Greece). Two field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 14 June – 28 June, 2014
Session 2: 29 June – 13 July, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

The workshop will guide the participants through the history, techniques and consequent stages of archaeological study, conservation and documentation of Roman and Late Roman (Early Byzantine) mosaics. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on authentic Roman mosaics / mosaic fragments found in the ancient city of Stobi. Participants will take part in trips to Heraclea Lyncestis and Ohrid (Macedonia).

Dates: 7 – 21 June, 2014
Academic credits available for students: 6

The workshop will enable students and volunteers to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in Roman Mosaic and Mural Painting Art and Conservation. Participants will be guided through the consequent stages of study, conservation, restoration and documentation as well as the history and technology of Roman mosaics and mural paintings. They will take part in trips to Heraclea Lyncestis, Ohrid (Macedonia), Pella and Vergina (Greece).

Dates: 7 – 28 June, 2014
Academic credits available for students: 9

The workshop will introduce the participants to the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman (Early Byzantine) pottery and will guide them through the consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Roman pottery found in the ancient city of Stobi. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Roman shards and take trips to Heraclea Lyncestis and Ohrid (Macedonia).

Dates: 7 – 21 June, 2014
Academic credits available for students: 6

The workshop will enable students and volunteers to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in Roman pottery and glass conservation and documentation. They will take part in trips to Heraclea Lyncestis, Ohrid (Macedonia), Pella and Vergina (Greece).

Dates: 7 – 28 June, 2014
Academic credits available for students: 9

Excavations of Tell Yunatsite near Pazardzhik, Southern Bulgaria – one of the earliest urban settlements in Europe (5000-4200 BC) belonging to the FIRST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION. Trips to Plovdiv and the Museum of the Museum of the Europe’ best preserved Neolithic (5600 BC) dwellings in Stara Zagora. Three field school sessions are available:

Session 1 : 19 July – 2 August, 2014
Session 2 : 3 – 16 August, 2014
Session 3 : 19 July – 9 August, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

Come and help the project team to reveal the secrets of the forgotten temple of Apollo on St. Kirik Island – once part of the Ancient Greek city of Apollonia Pontica, present-day Sozopol on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Trips to Nessebar and the Megalithic complex of Begliktash. Optional trip to Istanbul, Turkey. Three field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 29 June – 13 July, 2014
Session 2: 14 – 28 July, 2014
Session 2: 29 June – 20 July, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

Excavations of the impressive ancient (Late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine) city of Stobi, Macedonia. Trips to Heraclea Lyncestis and Ohrid (Macedonia). Optional trip to Pella and Vergina (Greece). Two field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 29 June – 13 July, 2014
Session 2: 14 – 28 July, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

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. Trips to Plovdiv and the Thracian royal burial tombs in the Rose Valley. Three field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 2 – 16 August, 2014
Session 2: 17 – 31 August, 2014
Session 3: 2 – 23 August, 2014
Academic credits available for students: up to 9

NEW PROJECT! TOPOLA – THE BIGGEST BIRITUAL NECROPOLIS IN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE: How the Burial Traditions Reveal the Complex Formation of a Medieval State (Bulgaria)
The number of 600 excavated graves makes the Early Medieval necropolis near Topola (end of 7th – mid. 9th century) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast the biggest biritual (with inhumation and cremation burials) necropolis in South Eastern Europe. The project provides an amazing field experience to students and volunteers combined with high-quality instruction and training (esp. in the field of physical anthropology). Trips to Varna and Kaliakra Fortress. Two field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 2 – 16 August, 2014
Session 2: 17 – 31 August, 2014

The workshop will guide the participants through the history of Ancient Greek pottery, its production and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, documentation, study, and restoration. It will take place consequently in Emona and Sozopol (the ancient city of Apollonia Pontica) on the Black sea coast, Bulgaria. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Ancient Greek pottery found in Sozopol. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Ancient Greek shards and take a trip to Nessebar.

Dates: 2 – 16 September, 2014
Academic credits available for students: 6

More detailed information on all the Balkan Heritage Field School Projects in 2014 as well as our special discounts is available for viewing on our website at:

On-line applications can be submitted at:

Discounts off the admission fees are available in case of:

1) Early Registration in any BHFS Project – by JANUARY 31st, 2014
2) Membership in the Archaeological Institute of America.
3) Small Groups (two or three people, who participate in a BHFS project in 2014)
4) Larger Groups (four or more people, who participate in a BHFS project in 2014)
5) Participation in any BHFS project/s in the past.
6) Participation in more than 1 BH project or project session in 2014


NPS 2014 archeological prospection workshop

The workshop is open to all archeologists and students, as well as, those folks interested in forensic, law enforcement, and cemetery investigations.

The National Park Service’s 2014 workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled Current Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century will be held May 19-23, 2014, at *Aztalan State Park* in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.

Lodging and lectures will be at the Comfort Suites in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. The field exercises will take place at Aztalan State Park.

Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin’s most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park. Co-sponsors for the workshop include the National Park Service’s Midwest Archeological Center, the Aztalan State Park, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This will be the twenty-fourth year of the workshop dedicated to the use of geophysical, aerial photography, and other remote sensing methods as they apply to the identification, evaluation, conservation, and protection of archaeological resources across this Nation. The workshop will present lectures on the theory of operation, methodology, processing, and interpretation with on-hands use of the equipment in the field. There is a registration charge of $475.00. Application forms are available on the Midwest Archeological Center’s web page at <>.

For further information, please contact Steven L. DeVore, Archeologist, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Federal Building, Room 474, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-3873: tel: (402) 437-5392, ext. 141; fax: (402) 437-5098; email: <>.