We know that there are many interesting field projects out there looking for students and promising to help you build your skills, gain experience, and expand your professional network. But which ones are the best fit for your goals (and your budget)?
To help students and others looking for fieldwork opportunities this year, we’ve put together this list of recommended projects. For most projects listed below, students can earn course credit while gaining archeological field experience through these accredited field schools. We recommend that every archeology student attend at least one field school before graduating. Many field schools also accept volunteers–participants who do not earn course credit, and may not be current students. Costs listed below do not include tuition and fees or travel, but most include room and board. Many programs have scholarships available.
UT & International Field Schools
Programme for Belize (University of Texas)
Excavate Maya settlements from the Classic to the Postclassic in the subtropical jungles of northern Belize. This year’s program will include a 2-day workshop in skeletal analysis.
Cost: US $1,765 for one session or $2,765 for both sessions.
Info: UT PfBAP Home Page
Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project (BVAR)
Excavate Maya sites dating from the Preclassic through the Classic period in western Belize. Course credit available through Northern Arizona University.
2018 Dates: Session 1: May 27 – June 23; Session 2: July 1 – July 28.
Cost: US $2,200 per session
Moche Multidisciplinary Field School
An archaeology and bioarchaeology field school on the north coast of Peru. Course credit available through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
2018 Dates: June 21 – July 25
Info: Save the Moche
North American Field Schools
Below are some accredited field schools for students who want to broaden their experience in North American archaeology.
Etzanoa Field School
Excavate the second-largest known prehistoric site in the United States. Course credit available through Wichita State University.
2018 Dates: June 4 – June 29
Info: Contact Dr. Donald Blakeslee or the WSU Anthropology department.
Exploring Globalization REU – Caribbean
Learn anthropological and forensic archeology at a field site on the Caribbean island of Saint Eustatius, with a lab component at Texas State University.
2018 Dates: June 11 – August 3
Cost: Free with $500/ week stipend
Info: Contact Dr. Todd Ahlman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Texas State University.
Luna Settlement & Shipwrecks Field School
Learn techniques of underwater and terrestrial archaeology at sites near Pensacola, Florida. Course credit available through Florida State University.
2018 Dates: May 21 – July 28
Cost: Contact for cost information
Texas Field Schools & Fieldwork Opportunities
Below are some highly recommended field schools in Texas, as well as two volunteer opportunities for students and graduates.
Nueces Canyon & Mission San Lorenzo de la Cruz with the Texas Archeological Society and Texas Tech
This year the Texas Archeological Society field school will return to Camp Wood to excavate historic Mission San Lorenzo de la Cruz. Course credit is available to students through Texas Tech University; the TAS field school is open to all TAS members as well. The TAS field school is an excellent opportunity for archaeologists under 18.
2018 Dates: TAS field school June 9 – June 16. TTU field school May 19 – June 22.
Cost: TAS field school $100+ depending on length of stay, plus TAS membership. TTU field school $850 plus tuition.
Info: Texas Archeological Society; for Texas Tech field school contact Dr. Tamra Walter (email@example.com).
West Texas Cave Archeology with the Center for Big Bend Studies
Excavate two caves occupied since the mid-Holocene and learn techniques such as mapping, photogrammetry, and how to manage archeological collections, including many perishable artifacts. Course credit through Sul Ross State University
2018 Dates: May 30 – July 6
Cost: $500 plus tuition.
Info: Contact Dr. Bryon Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org).
San Saba River with LUAS
The Llano Uplift Archeological Society is currently conducting fieldwork on Cherokee Creek, at the westernmost known Caddo site in Texas. They are looking for volunteers for Saturday excavations.
2018 Dates: Saturdays, now until excavation is complete
Info: Contact LUAS coordinator Charles Hixson (email@example.com).
Bastrop County with TCAS & THC Stewards
The Travis County Archeological Society is currently conducting excavations at a site near Bastrop in central Texas, in conjunction with the Archeological Stewards program of the Texas Historical Commission. They are looking for volunteers for Sunday mornings.
2018 Dates: Sundays, now until excavation is complete
Info: Contact Nick Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org).