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Field Schools Associated with Canadian Institutions

Title: Memorial University Field School
Location:  Upper lake Melville, Labrador 
Dates: July 1 to August 2, 2019
Credits: two full courses at Memorial Univeristy 
Application deadline: email

The 2019 Archaeological Field School will take place in Upper Lake Melville, Labrador from July 1st to August 2nd, 2019. Students will participate in a variety of archaeological activities in the field and laboratory, including the excavation and analysis of a 3,000-year- old campsite in Sheshatshiu, Labrador.

Students who complete the field school program will receive credit for two courses at Memorial University. For further information related to this unique educational experience, please contact the course instructor, Dr. Scott Neilsen, or the Archaeology Department on the St. John’s campus.

Please note in order to participate in the field school students must have completed ARCH 2583 Introduction to Applied Archaeology, or an equivalent course.

The Innu, Inuit, and their predecessors have inhabited the Upper Lake Melville Region in Central Labrador for at least the last 5,000 years. Today the area is home to a variety of Innu, Inuit, and settler communities. Students in the field school will interact with a variety of heritage sites and people, and will learn about the complex history of the region and its relationship to social, cultural, and political circumstances today.

Contact: Dr. Scott Neilsen or visit Memorial University Department of Archaeology

Title: University of Winnipeg Field School in Paleoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology
Location:  Šalitrena Cave, Valjevo, Serbia
Dates: June 21 - July 20, 2019
Credits: 6 credit-hours
Application deadline: April 1st, 2019

A field-school opportunity in Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic Archaeology, offered by The University of Winnipeg in collaboration with The National Museum, (Belgrade) and Belgrade University is now available.

Open to upper undergraduate and graduate students, the field-school will take place at the Šalitrena cave, with the Mousterian to Gravettian Paleolithic sequence in the vicinity of Valjevo, Serbia.

Please contact the Department of Anthropology, University of Winnipeg for more information and applications. Spaces are limited and most will be filled by the April 1st, 2019 deadline. Students applying before that date have a greater chance of getting into the course but we will accept students until the course numbers are filled.

Contact: Mirjana Roksandic,

Location:  Vancouver, British Columbia – Langara College, Stanley Park and vicinity

Title:  Langara College 2019 Archaeology Field School
Dates:  May 6 through August 3, 2019
Credits:  12 university-transfer

Tuition:  Domestic and International Student rates posted on, and are usually less than $2000.00 in total.

Partners:  The Langara Archaeology field school is offered in association with the four Aboriginal First Nations in whose traditional territory we are located.

Description:   The field school consists of three courses – one 6 –credit and 2, 3-credit courses.  Lectures and practical on-campus exercises emphasize practical skills required to conduct archaeological surveys and excavations.  Most survey work is conducted on Fridays in the 800 ha Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver.  Excavations are conducted off-campus on other Fridays under the auspices of the First Nations with whom we are working (Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Sto:lo Nations).  Forensic archaeological excavations of life-sized replica human skeletons are conducted in our on-campus ‘crime scene’ site.  In addition, the BC government RISC certificate in archaeological site survey and culturally modified tree recording is offered alongside the academic courses.

Instructors:    Drs. Stanley Copp and Cara Tremain.
Course information and links to tuition costs can be found on our website at
Non-local students are responsible for their own accommodation and living expenses.

Location: Barkley Sound, British Columbia

Title: 2019 UVic Archaeology Field School in Barkley Sound
Dates: July 1st - August 9th, 2019
Credits: two 1.5-credit courses (ANTH 343 & 344)
Application deadline: March 1st, 2019

6 weeks - 2 courses - 3 UVic credits

Applications accepted now

UVic Archaeology field school in Barkley Sound is a six-week field school hosted by the UVic Department of Anthropology and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on southwestern Vancouver Island. The field school takes place in the lands and territories of two neighbouring Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, Tseshaht and Huu-ay-aht.

The first four days of the field school will be based in Victoria followed by two and a half weeks of remote camp-based fieldwork in Tseshaht First Nation territories in the Broken Group Islands in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The final 3-weeks of the course will be spent in Huu-ay-aht First Nation territory at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (a UVic supported teaching and research facility in Barkley Sound) where students will conduct laboratory analyses and prepare written research reports on recovered archaeological material. This course will be an immersive 6-week field experience (including hiking, camping, and boat travel) and require full days and dedicated teamwork.

For more information, please visit the field school blog here.

Information on how to apply here:

Download the flyer.

Location: University of Calgary

Title: 2019 University of Calgary
Dates: May 6 to June 17, 2019

Description: Our work is located in Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, and directly involves the Siksika Nation and is part of their ongoing interpretive and educational programming at the park. Students will have the opportunity to work with First Nations members during the excavations.  The field school also operates in conjunction with the University of Calgary Program for Public Archaeology. Members of the general public join our excavations, working directly with students and staff while bringing their own perspectives and unique energy to the project.

The Field School is centered on the Canadian National Historic site of Cluny Fortified Village: the only known precontact fortified village on the Canadian Plains. This important and unique site represents a point of contact between people from horticultural areas to the southeast and the indigenous hunter– gatherers of southern Alberta. Exploration of the dynamic relationship between Canadian Plains hunter–gatherers and southern village peoples is a fascinating archaeological project that has resulted in important new insights.

For more information, contact:  Margie Patton


Field Schools Associated with International Institutions



For a List of additional international field school programs please visit

Shovelbums Archeology and Anthropology Field Schools Directory

The Archaeological Institute of America’s Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin