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Field Schools Associated with Canadian Institutions

Location: Upper Lake Melville, Labrador, NL
Title: Labrador Institue Field School
Dates: July 2, 2018 to August 3, 2018

Description: The 2018 Labrador Institute Field School will take place in Upper Lake Melville, Labrador from July 2-August 3, 2018.  Participants will develop skills valuable in the humanties, sciences, and social sciences through the study of place and heritage.

The Labrador Institute Research Station in North West River will be the facility used for the field school.

Instructor:Dr. Scott Neilsen

Students  will receive credit for these two Memorial University courses during the 5-week program:

Principles of Archaeology (Arch 2480):  Principles of Archaeology is an introduction to archaeological techniques, methodology and theory. Lectures cover the development of the discipline, techniques of survey and excavation, methods of analysis and the interpretation of prehistory.

Archaeological Field School Orientation (Arch 3583): Archaeological Field School Orientation is designed to familiarize students with field and laboratory techniques. Students will learn about research design and the methodologies involved in archaeological site survey and mapping. Students will be instructed in the identification of archaeological sites, completion of site inventory forms, the use of surveying instruments, and the creation of accurate site maps, using these instruments as well as the concepts associated with archaeological excavation, mapping, recording and photography. Finally, students will be given basic instruction in artifact identification, processing and cataloguing.

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Location: University of Calgary
Title: 2016 University of Calgary Public Archaeology
Dates: May 16 to June 17

Description: The University of Calgary is offering a volunteer excavation program at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park this summer.  Participants will excavate alongside members of the Archaeological Field School at the famous Cluny Fortified Village site.  First time participants will receive a tour of the archaeology site.  Volunteers will be supervised by experienced University of Calgary graduate students.  Training in archaeological excavation techniques will be provided on site.  All artifacts from the site are the property of the Siksika Nation and, ultimately, will be stored at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre.  The Program will operate from May 16 to June 17, 2016, Monday to Friday.  Cost consists of the daily admission fee to the Blackfoot Historical Park ($12.00 + GST for adults, $8.00 for children).  Participants will meet with volunteer program supervisors at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Interpretive Centre parking lot at 9:00am each day.  Please note that there are no overnight accommodation facilities at the park this year.  Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times; the minimum age requirement is 12.  All participants will be required to complete a Volunteer Liability Waiver Form and a Photography Waiver Form.  Participants under the age of 18 must also complete an Informed Consent Form.  

Check out the Facebook Page (University of Calgary Public Archaeology Program) -

The Website - for updates.  Please email or call 403-220-8537 to register or for further information.

Location: University of Alberta
Title: 2017 University of Alberta Field School, Brazeau Reservoir and Rangeland Research Institute Ranches, Alberta
Dates: May 23-June 23

Description: The 2017 offering of ANTHR 396: Archaeological Field Methods (6 credits) from the Institute of Prairie Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta will be held at the Mattheis and Kinsella Ranches, operated by the Rangeland Research Institute in central and southern Alberta; we will also work with the Strathcona Archaeological Society at the Brazeau Reservoir, Drayton Valley area, where new Early Prehistoric Period discoveries, including fluted points, have recently been made. Students will apply methods of intensive ground survey in natural prairie and reservoir settings, and undertake assessment and excavation of sites under investigation. This will involve simulated site assessment and mitigation exercises conducted to regulatory standards for tipi ring and subsurface sites, from research design to reporting. Principal excavations will be at the Mattheis Ranch near Brooks, Alberta, and will involve a bison camp and processing area adjacent to a bison kill, dating to the Avonlea to Old Women’s Phase transitional period.  Students will have opportunities to see medicine wheels, ribstones and other important sites, and to learn from Treaty 6 and 7 First Nations ceremonialists.

Location: University of Northern British Columbia
Title: UNBC/Lake Babine Nation Archaeological Field School 2017
Dates: July 4-August 18

Description: This 15-credit (full semester) field school takes place in teh spectacular Babine Lake/Babine River area, an ancestral homeland of the Lake Babine Nation in the north-central interior of British Columbia.  The region has a rich Aboriginal history and it is also one of the most scenic places in British Columbia, with plentiful wildlfe and world-class fishing oppertunities.  It is not unusual for field school participants to see wildlife such as black and grizzly bears, moose, beavers, deer, eagles and thousands of Skeena River sockeye salmon that pass through the area annually.  Testing and excavation will take place on a large fishing villiage, and on an island that served as an ancho for several wooden fish weirs.

Location: Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
Title: UNB Bioarcheology Field School
Date: July 21 - August 28, 2018

Description: The UNB Bioarchaeology Field School is now accepting applications for the 2018 season. Come explore the Fortress of Louisbourg in beautiful Cape Breton, Canada and learn about one of the most expansive 18th century Forts in North America. This field program will offer students a unique opportunity to excavate and analyze skeletal remains belonging to the villagers of Louisbourg but also those who fought and died during the sieges at the Fortress. As a National Historic Site of Canada that has been partially restored, students will have the opportunity to gain field experience while also learning about the Fort and experiencing East Coast Canadian culture. Please visit our website for further details and how to apply:

You can also find us on FB @ UNB Bioarchaeology Field School.

Location: University of Victoria
Title: 2017 UVic Archaeological Field School in Barkley Sound
Date: July 3-August 11, 2017

Description: The Department of Anthropology at UVic will be running an archaeological field school in Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation territories on western Vancouver Island as part of two 1.5-credit courses (ANTH 343&344).  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 the Broken Group Islands in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.  The final three weeks of the course will be spent at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (A UVic supported teaching and research facility in Barkley Sound) where students will conduct laboratory analysis and prepare written research reports on recovered archaeological materials.  This course will be an immersive six-week field experience (including hiking, camping, and boat travel) and require full days and dedicated teamwork.

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Location: Saskatchewan Archaeology Society Field School
Titles: Wolf Willow site (Wanuskewin) and the Farr site, Ogema
Dates: TBA

Description: Not listed

Location: Trent University
Title: Summer 2016 Ontario Field School
Dates: May 1st to May 31st, 2018

Description: The 2018 Ontario Field School provides a focused and intensive introduction to archaeological field methods, from Stage Two (field survey) to Stage Three and Four (excavation). Our fieldwork is supported by digital survey methods, GIS, and digital cartography, which provides participants with learning opportunities in GIS and Total Station survey. We will be working in the vicinity of Peterborough, ON, and mainly, but not exclusively, concentrating our activities on the further definition and excavation of both Historic and Woodland-period settlement patterns. The program runs for six weeks, between 1 May to 31 May (Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm). This is a non-residential field school, although summer accommodation is available on the Trent University campus.

The short and medium range goals of the Field School Program are:

  1. to provide participants with the technical knowledge required to participate effectively on archaeological field survey and excavation methods in Ontario;
  2. to promote understanding of the Standards and Guidelines for Consultant Archaeologists (Ontario);
  3. develop participants' theoretical understanding of the role of archaeological fieldwork and its relationship to broader issues (First Nations and heritage rights, conservation, ethics, stake holder concerns; etc.); and
  4. build participants' respect and understanding of Ontario's archaeological heritage.

In all cases, the technical and practical work will be situated in an evolving problem-oriented framework, to which you are expected to contribute through the course.

Location: Saint Mary’s University
Title: Grand-Pré Archaeological Field School 2016
Dates: May 4th to June 1st, 2016:

Description: Not listed

Field Schools Associated with International Institutions

Location: Belize Field School
Title: Stann Creek Rgional Archaeology Project
Dates: May 19-June 15 2018

Description: The Maya Archaeology in Belize Field Program represents an excellent oppertunity for archaeology and anthropology students to develop or extend their field experience through practice in archaeological field techniques within a working archaeological site.  Students will have a unique chance to meet and work alongside assocatied investigators while experiencing a Maya site before large-scale excavations and restoration have taken place.  

Deadline: First Come first serve until January 26th, 2018


Contact:  Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown


Location:  Peru
Title:  Pan de Azucár de Nepeña (PIAPAN) Archaeological Project
Dates:  July 2 to July 1, 2018 and June 30 to July 29, 2018


This 2018 season marks the second season of the Pan de Azucár de Nepeña (PIAPAN) Archaeological Project! Pan de Azucár is a Casma site located in the Nepeña Valley, Peru and consists of a fortified adobe stepped platform that is surrounded by 14 mounds as well as a large necropolis. The goal of the project is to understand how the Casma (a local group) responded during the Chimú conquest during the 14th century through examining architecture, ceramics, burial practices, and skeletal analysis. During this season you will get the chance to discover elite Casma and Chimú material culture and architecture through excavations in the mounds. You will also get the experience of excavating in a looted cemetery where you will get the chance to excavate human remains. Back in the laboratory you will also gain knowledge in ceramic and skeletal analysis. EXPERIENCE IS NOT REQUIRED!

We will be staying in a nice house in the small town of Nepeña, where we are only 30 minutes away from the city of Chimbote. You will get the chance to experience Peruvian culture and their wonderful cuisine. On weekends we will be going on field trips, including one overnight stay at the beach town Huanchaco where we will visit the amazing sites of Chan Chan and Huacas de Moche.

There are two 4-week sessions to choose from:
Session 1: June 2 to July 1
Session 2: June 30 to July 29

The project cost is $3000, which covers all food (excepts Sundays), all in-country travel, accommodations, and field trips. It does not cover your flight and optional tuition (if you decide you want to receive credit through the University of Alabama)

If you are interested please contact Jenna Hurtubise for the application and liability waiver at

Location: Šalitrena Cave, Valjevo, Serbia
Title:  University of Winnipeg's Field School in Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic Archaeology
Dates: July 20-August 18, 2018

Description: 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 to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

The field school will take place at the Middle and Upper Paleolithic-bearing ŠalitrenaCave site in the vicinity of Valjevo, Serbia. Students will participate in the excavation of the cave and the survey of the surrounding area, processing of artifacts and soil samples, as well as all phases of the documentation process and basic analyses of the recovered material.

In addition to the field and lab work, there will be several formal lectures on different aspects of the project by specialists and distinguished visitors, and field trips are scheduled to BalanicaCave Complex and other Paleolithic sites in the region.


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