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Last Update: 12 Aug 2015

August 31-September 31, 2015: Sa Cudia Cremada Field School, Mediterranean Archaeology in Minorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) Session 2

September 11-14, 2015: Verde Valley Archaeology Center (Colorado, USA)

September 21-October 2, 2015: Archaeological Field Methods Field School (South Australia)

January 3-February 4, 2016: Giza, Egypt, 2016 Archaeological Field School

Sessions and Sites throughout 2015 & Beyond:

Transylvania Summer Archaeological Field School (Romania): July thru August 2015

Archaeological Techniques and Research Center, Southern Transylvania Projects (Romania)

Balkan Heritage Field School (Bulgaria & Macedonia)

German-Cambodian Conservation School (Cambodia)

Institute for Field Research (Global)

Related Recommended Training:

San Gemini (Italy) Preservation Studies Program – Buildings, Ceramics, Paper, Books and Art

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Giza, Egypt, 2016 Archaeological Field School: January 3-February 4, 2016

This archaeological field-school is run in the Old Kingdom settlement site at Giza, Egypt, for a period of 5 weeks (January 3 to February 4 2016). On successful completion of the course students are awarded 5 academic credits by the American University in Cairo (AUC).

For more information or to request an application form, please contact Ana Tavares and Mohsen Kamel at The application deadline is May 31, 2015.

Read first-hand accounts from 2015 field training students Rahel & Debra, and from other team members, in our 2015 Field Season Blog and visit our 2015 Field Season photogallery.

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Verde Valley Archaeology Center (Colorado, USA): 3 sessions in 2015
The Center holds a series of excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at the Mitchell Springs site.

The 2015 dates are July 31-August 3, August 14-17 and September 11-14.

The cost to attend one session for a non-member is $175, which includes a one-year membership. The cost for one session for members is $125.

For additional information visit:

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The Maya Research Program: Various Sessions in 2015
The Maya Research Program is a U.S.-based non-profit organization (501c3) that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America. Each summer since 1992, we have sponsored archaeological fieldwork at the ancient Maya sites of Blue Creek, Nojol Nah, Xnoha, and Grey Fox in northwestern Belize.

In 2015 we again offer opportunities to participate in our field program and learn about the Maya of the past and today. The Blue Creek project is open to student and non-student participants, regardless of experience. The field school has been certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and participants receive training in archaeological field and laboratory techniques.

We invite students and volunteers to participate in the Maya Research Program’s 24th archaeological field season in northwestern Belize.
  • 2015 Season Dates:
    • Session 1: Monday June 1 to Sunday June 14
    • Session 2: Monday June 15 to Sunday June 28
    • Session 3: Monday July 6 to Sunday July 19
    • Session 4: Monday July 20 to Sunday August 2

Application Process: The maximum number of participants for each 2-week archaeological field school session ranges from 20 to 25 students and volunteers. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. To enroll, the applicant should forward an enrollment form <> and appropriate deposit to the Maya Research Program.

Cost: The donation for a single two-week session for non-students is $1750 USD. A special first-session rate of $1500 is available to students currently enrolled in an accredited University or College. If more than one session is desired, the donation is $1200 for each additional session. (For instance, students would pay $1500 for their first 2 week session and $1200 for the second 2 week session for a total of $2700 for four weeks). A non-refundable deposit of $250 per session is required to hold your spot. (Participants are responsible for their travel costs to Belize). If a student wishes to receive academic credit, tuition costs (via the University of Texas at Tyler or their home institution) will apply in addition to the required donation to the Maya Research Program.

Student scholarships and fellowships are available.

The Maya Research Program also offers specialized laboratory and field courses for students and volunteers in addition to the general archaeological field school. The specific study areas for the specialized laboratory and field courses are:

  1. Laboratory and Field Methods: Artifact Analysis (ceramics, lithics, groundstone, and obsidian) - limited to 5 persons in Session 3
  2. Laboratory and Field Methods: Bioarchaeology (the study of human skeletal remains) -limited to 5 persons in Session 3
  3. Laboratory and Field Methods: Photogrammetry and 3D Digital Modeling - limited to 10 persons in Session 4 only.

For additional information please contact the Maya Research Program:
1910 East Southeast Loop 323 #296
Tyler, Texas 75701

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Archaeological Techniques and Research Center, Southern Transylvania Projects (Romania)
Sitting at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Transylvania (Romania) plays a fundamental role in the development of the European world. By its geographic location, it is situated on the main communication and technological axes in and out of Europe and, as a result, became a very dynamic zone of culture synthesis. At the same time, not only it has the largest salt concentration in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, but it also provides easy access to massive deposits of copper, tin, iron, gold and coal. Since the earliest moments of tribal and then state formation and development, Transylvania has been at the core of all power struggles in Eastern-Southeastern Europe.

Our programs invite students and volunteers to explore, excavate and experience the genesis of European culture from the Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. During the 2015 field season, we will continue our focus on the archaeology of “creolization”, looking at the way colonization is in fact a dynamic process that affects and changes both the so called “core” and “periphery” actors. Concurrently, both our archaeology and bioarchaeology programs are addressing how global events are expressed at the local level and examine processes of transition in liminal spaces.

All our projects are designed as intensive hands-on field experience programs and, as such, are open for both credit student and non-credit participants.

Our bioarchaeology programs offer two different venues:
  • Medieval Funerary Excavation - Lost Churches Project - Living and Dying on the European Frontier
  • Commingled Remains Osteology Research Excavation and Workshop - Bioarchaeological and Zooarchaeological Approaches to Collective Burial Analysis

For more information, visit

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Balkan Heritage Field School (Bulgaria & Macedonia) [Multiple Projects & Locations]: Dates continuing into 2015
The Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) is a program of the Balkan Heritage Foundation (a Bulgarian public, non-profit, non-governmental organization). Since 2003 it has been offering different projects/courses, taught in English, for practical education in the fields of Archaeology and History of South-Eastern Europe, Documentation, Conservation and Restoration of Historic Artifacts and Monuments, in two Balkan countries: Bulgaria and Republic of Macedonia. The Program has involved a number of academic and research institutions, museums and heritage specialists from Bulgaria, Republic of Macedonia, USA, Canada, France and Japan – among them is the New Bulgarian University, which provides to all students the opportunity to obtain by request credit hours for their participation in the BHFS projects/courses.

For more information, please visit

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Institute for Field Research (Global) [Multiple Projects & Locations]: Sessions continuing into 2015
The Institute for Field Research is now offering 28 archaeological field schools around the world, including China, Colombia, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the US.

For more information about each field school, visit our website:

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