Field Schools, usually held during the summer months, offer great opportunities to acquire practical experience with anthropological research methods through hands-on fieldwork. Schools usually focus on one of the main subdisciplines: Cultural, Archaeology, Physical/Biological. There are many, many field schools programs, located all around the globe. The following list is a small sample of what is out there. If a field school experience interests you, explore this list and consult your advisor for suggestions. Depending on the program, credit transfers may be possible. Field schools can be expensive but some offer scholarships and other sources of financial aid. The Elfrieda Frank Scholarship program at Colby provides financial support for students wishing to enroll in archaeological field schools in the Americas. Check with the Department regarding information on the program for summer 2017.

Cultural Anthropology (some examples)

Archaeology

  • Archaeological Institute of America. Contains links to many fieldwork opportunities.
  • University of North Dakota Archaeological Field School. Learn the fundamentals of Archaeology without leaving the country. Opportunity to gain temporary paid employment in archaeology following successful completion of the course.
  • Balkan Heritage Field School. Varied fieldwork opportunities concentrated in eastern Europe.
  • Ecomuseu Cap De Cavalleria. Learn about archaeology in Menorca (the Mediterranean).
  • The Institute for Field Research.  33 field schools for 2015 (see http://www.ifrglobal.org).  Our programs are directed by leading scholars and cover the spectrum of the discipline — from survey and excavation to bioarchaeology, architectural preservation, zooarchaeology and GIS.
  • University of Wyoming, Rocky Mountains.  Offers training from basic to automated field methods, including the entire research process for graduate and undergraduate students.
  • University of Wyoming, Mountains and Plains.  Offers professional-level training in field research methods to undergraduate, graduate students and others.
  • University of Wyoming, Croatia.  Offers professional-level training in field research methods to undergraduate, graduate students and others.
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.  Through immersion in a five-week experiential learning program, students will learn the fundamental techniques of archaeological site identification and recording, excavation, and basic artifact processing and analyses.
  • Historical Archaeology Field School. Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC), in association with St. Mary’s College of Maryland, announces its 2017 field school in historical archaeology. The 2017 field season will be focused on the Calvert House site. The Historical Archaeology Field School is an ideal experience for students concentrating in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Museum Studies, or American Studies, or for any student with an interest in learning about the past through archaeology.

Physical/Biological Anthropology