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Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship
from the Archaeological Institute of America
Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Established in honor of AIA Past President Jane Waldbaum, this scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides $1000 each to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological field work project (minimum stay one month/4 weeks). The scholarship is open to students who have begun their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of application and have not yet completed their first year of graduate school at a college or university in the United States or Canada. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must not have previously participated in archaeological field work of any kind. The committee will consider both academic achievement and financial need in its deliberations.

Application and more info:

Last Update: 21 Jan 2015

May 18-August 21, 2015: Irish Archaeology Field School - 13th century Black Friary (Ireland)

May 18-August 30, 2015: Achill Archaeological Field School --  Prehistoric Cromlech Tumulus and Keem Bay Late Medieval Village House (Ireland)

May 21-June 18, 2015: Maya Commoner Archaeology in Belize

May 29-June 18, 2015: Huari-Ancash Archaeological Research Project Field School 2015 (Peru)

June 1-14, 2015 (Session 1): The Maya Research Program (Belize)

June 3-July 15, 2015: Archaeology at Pot Creek Pueblo, New Mexico (USA)

June 6-June 30, 2015: Archaeology Field Methods in Alaska, Adelphi University

June 8-July 10, 2015: Archaeology at Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison, Marblehead, OH (USA)

June 15-28, 2015 (Session 2): The Maya Research Program (Belize)

July 2-Aug 2, 2015: Advanced Archaeology Field Methods in Alaska, Adelphi University

July  6-19, 2015 (Session 3): The Maya Research Program (Belize)

July 6-25, 2015: Cerro de la Muela Field School (Spain)

July 6-August 1, 2015: Cerro de la Muela Field School (Spain)

July 6-August 8, 2015: Cerro de la Muela Field School (Spain)

July 6-August 15, 2015: Cerro de la Muela Field School (Spain)

 July 12-July26, 2015: Nautical Archaeology Society 2015 International Field School (Michigan)

July 27-August 15, 2015: Cerro de la Muela Field School (Spain)

August 1-September 15, 2015: Cerro de la Muela Field School (Spain)

July 20-August 2, 2015 (Session 4): The Maya Research Program (Belize)

July 24-August 31, 2015: Archaeological Field School on Rebun Island, Japan

August 10-28, 2015: Sa Cudia Cremada Field School, Mediterranean Archaeology in Minorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) Session 1

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

Sessions and Sites throughout 2015 & Beyond:

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)

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Achill Archaeological Field School -- Prehistoric Cromlech Tumulus and Keem Bay Late Medieval Village House (Ireland): May 18-August 30, 2015
  • Location of dig:
    • Session 1: Slievemore
    • Session 2: Keem Bay
  • Time period: Prehistoric/Bronze Age, Medieval/Post Medieval
  • Is accommodation provided: Yes: Fully equipped Accommodation Block with 2-bed and 4-bed units. Everything supplied except food
  • Level of experience required: None
  • Does this dig earn academic credit? Yes. 6/12/18 ECTS or 3,6,9 Semester hours
  • Age limits: 17 Years and upwards
  • Cost: €695 to €4,750
  • Contact name: Dr. Theresa McDonald / Stuart Rathbone
  • Contact address:Archaeology Centre, Dooagh,  Achill Island, Co. Mayo.
  • Contact email:
  • Contact telephone: +353 (0) 98 43564
  • Website address:
Entrance to the Cromlech Tumulus on Slievemore Mountain.
Entrance to the Cromlech Tumulus on Slievemore Mountain.
View from Keel towards Keem Bay
View from Keel towards Keem Bay

Are there any added extras included in the dig? Weekly lectures/Evening lectures/ Field Trips and optional 1-2 day weekend Tours

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Archaeology at Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison, Marblehead, OH (USA): June 8-July 10, 2015
Application Deadline: June 1, 2015

Field School Information: Heidelberg University is offering a five week field school (to earn six undergraduate credit hours) for undergraduate college students, graduate students, graduating high school seniors (2015 grads), incoming first year college students, non-traditional adult students, and for degree holding students who wish to gain field experience or expand their knowledge. This is an excellent opportunity to gain archaeological experience as well as learn about the U.S. Civil War and the prison system. In addition to the field experience, there will be laboratory sessions in the archaeological laboratory on the Heidelberg University campus.

History: From April of 1862 until September of 1865, over 10,000 Confederates passed through Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison leaving behind an extensive historical and archaeological record. One of the unique aspects of the prison is it only held officers. The 16.5 acre Johnson’s Island Prison Compound contained 13 Blocks (12 prisoner housing units and one hospital), latrines, Sutler’s Stand, 3 wells, pest house, 2 large mess halls, and two major fortifications (Forts Johnson and Hill). The prisoners on Johnson’s Island endured harsh winters, food and fuel shortages, disease, along with the mental anguish of uncertainty about their families and their own futures. Current research suggests that close to 250 prisoners died on Johnson’s Island during the war.

For more detailed information about the field school, please visit our website at
Additionally, please visit “Archaeological Institute of America” and “ARCHAEOLOGY Magazine’s” sponsored interactive dig site featuring the Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison at to view videos and past field student’s bios and reports.

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Archaeology at Pot Creek Pueblo, New Mexico (USA): June 3-July 15, 2015
Application Deadline: April 2015

Study Archaeology in Taos, New Mexico (no experience needed, financial aid available). The 2015 Southern Methodist University field school will take place at the site of T'aitöna or Pot Creek Pueblo located in the forested mountains near Taos, New Mexico. This site is an important center for population aggregation and acknowledged as an ancestral site to both the Taos and Picuris Puebloan groups. Students will carryout excavations, collect samples for dating and analysis, participate in artifact analysis, and contribute to our knowledge of the social restructuring in the northern extent of the Puebloan Southwest and in the development of later communities.

Field trips that are part of the curriculum include Chaco Canyon, Aztec Ruins, Tsankawi Ruins, and Bandelier National Monument.

Course is 6 or 9 academic credits offered through Southern Methodist University.

Undergraduates and Graduates are welcome and additional research opportunities are possible using the extensive collections from the site.

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German-Cambodian Conservation School (Cambodia): Sessions for 2015
It is a great pleasure for us to inform you that from the beginning of July 2013 the German-Cambodian Conservation School has successful organized 12 training courses in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat. 24 course participants came from 6 Southeast Asian countries."

application and contact information available at:

For 2015, applications from employees working at a museum or are involved in archaeological projects are welcome.

Applicants should have a basic knowledge of English. Please also take note of the attractive subsidy that is detailed on our website.

For inquiries, please contact us at:

Click here for GCCS flyer.

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Nautical Archaeology Society 2015 International Field School (Michigan): July 12-July26, 2015
Expanding its reputation as the leader in Nautical Archaeology education in the Great Lakes, Northwestern Michigan College will host a Nautical Archaeology Society 2015 International Field School. This two week event will be held on the main campus between July 12th and July 26th. . It will consist of taught courses and the supervised archaeological survey of a historic shipwreck in Northport, Grand Traverse Bay and an early Archaic site on the shore of an inland lake. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in underwater archaeology to train with NAS instructors and students from around the world.

Week one consists of an introduction to foreshore and underwater archaeology and the supervised survey of either a dry-land or underwater archaeological site. The second week consists of a series of day-long specialty courses covering topics such as: archaeological surveying, artifact typology, ship and boat construction, flint knapping, Native American settlement in northwest Michigan, documentary research, underwater archaeological surveying and archaeological illustration. These courses are open to anyone interested and no previous experience is necessary.

For more details please visit:

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Huari-Ancash Archaeological Research Project Field School 2015 (Peru): May 29-June 18, 2015
The aim of this archaeology and bioarchaeology field school is to learn of the lifestyle of the prehispanic population in Peru Highlands. Our project revolves around funeral aspects and ancestral cults. We are undertaking archaeological excavations in order to obtain information which helps us understand these subjects. The project is supported by Instituto de Estudios Huarinos under direction of Bebel Ibarra Asencios, Researcher of Department of Anthropology at Tulane University.

Further Information:


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Archaeology Field Methods in Alaska, Adelphi University: June 6-June 30, 2015
This course, specifically for undergraduates with no previous archaeological experience, focuses on building important skills by using state-of-the-art field-based research technologies and teaching the fundamentals of archaeological survey, excavation, stratigraphic profiling and site mapping. You can travel to the quaint mountain villages of Talkeetna and Trapper Creek—located along the confluence of the Susitna, Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers midway between Anchorage and Fairbanks—and participate in an ongoing research program.

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Advanced Archaeology Field Methods in Alaska, Adelphi University: July 2-Aug 2, 2015
This advanced course engages students in reconnaissance, survey and site excavations at multiple sites in the Volkmar Lake and Goodpaster River region of the Tanana Valley, central Alaska. You will travel on your own to Fairbanks, located in the heart of interior Alaska, where you’ll meet the research team and board either a floatplane or a riverboat to reach the remote Volkmar-Goodpaster project area. A field base camp will be established where your research will take place.

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Maya Commoner Archaeology in Belize: May 21 - June 18, 2015
Maya Commoner Archaeology in Belize
May 21 - June 18, 2015
Application Deadline: 4/01/15
The Rio Bravo Archaeological Survey provides college-level instruction in archaeological field methodology within a state-of-the-art research project at an ancient Maya commoner site in northwestern Belize. In 2015, teams of veterans, students, and volunteers will rotate between excavation, digital survey mapping, and laboratory activities as they investigate the densely distributed, forest-covered remains of household structures, residential terraces, relic water-control systems, and one of the only known Late Classic-period (A.D. 600-850) commoner ballcourts. The settlement-- mostly consisting of covered mounds under 2m tall-- extends for a kilometer along the sloping surface of the 200-foot Rio Bravo Escarpment. Come help us explore the complexity and sophistication of Maya commoner life at the close of the Classic period. An optional 3, 6, or 9 academic credits are offered through the Community College of Philadelphia or the University of Texas at Austin. Non-credit volunteers are welcome.

Visit our website for more!

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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

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Cerro de la Muela 2015. Roman site. Cuenca, Spain. Archaeological Field School
The Field School offers a three/six-week intensive course in which you will be in touch with fieldwork and laboratory practices. The program is designed to introduce you to the archaeological process from surveying, excavation, data collection, and historical interpretation.

Cerro de la Muela Field School offers hands-on experience in excavation and laboratory study of a roman archaeological site. It is a most interesting roman military settlement placed between the roman cities of Segobriga and Ercávica. The highlight of the site is a quadrangular building of unknown function that could have served as a military garrison, as a horreum or as a place where to transform lapis specularis, the first crystal known to be used in windows (Plinius. Nat. Hist. XXXVI, 161), which brought economic prosperity to the region in the time of Augustus.

On 1972-3 Professor M.M. Sadek from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, directed two archaeological campaigns. A great amount of artifacts were found. In the archaeological season of 2014 we found the existence of a 2nd row of columns with sandstone blocks at the East side. We dug in several interior rooms in which we discovered numerous coins and other bronze objects, hair bone needles, loom weights, iron nails,sickles and other iron tools and fragments of pottery and glass vessels.

The participants will have the opportunity to meet different aspects of the spanish culture at the excursions. We'll visit Toledo, Madrid, Cuenca and its archaeological museum, the roman city of Segóbriga, the monastery of Uclés and a roman mine of lapis specularis.

Carrascosa del Campo is a little village placed at 100km from Madrid and 55km from Cuenca, joined by highway.
The village has a pharmacy and health facility. There is a small Hospital in the nearby town of Tarancon (25km) and a general Hospital in Cuenca. There are a pool and an artificial lake near Carrascosa.

2014 AIMS
After the surprising results of the last campaign, the aims for 2015 are: to continue with the excavation of the rich late roman layers inside the east corner of the monumental building. Excavate the South East tower. Make a test trench to verify the stratigraphy of the site, in order to obtain the building foundation date.
  • Excavation:
    • The correct way to use tools.
    • Learning the use of technical tools.
    • Excavations techniques and methods.
    • Collection of samples for laboratory.
    • Stratigraphy, contexts and phases.
    • The Law of superposition and the Harris Matrix.
  • Documentation and Registration:
    • Excavation journal.
    • Context sheets.
    • Plans/Section drawing.
    • Artifacts recording and processing.
    • Artifacts drawing and reconstruction.
  • Restoration:
    • First aid for finds.
    • Cleaning, and lime/salt extraction.
    • Preventive conservation of ruins.
  • Seminars:
    • Roman archaeology.
    • Introduction to roman ceramic studies.
    • Artifacts: from inventories and museum storage to exhibitions
  • Sessions:
    • Three weeks:
      • 6-25 July 1.290€
      • 27 July-15 August 1.290€
      • 1-20 September 1.190€
    • 4 weeks: 6 July- 1 August 1.690€ '
    • 5 weeks: 6 July- 8 August 2.090€
    • 6 weeks: 6 July- 15 August 2.490€

No fieldwork experience required. No spanish required.

The price includes: Room and board in a rural Hostel at Carrascosa del Campo. Transfer to and from Madrid-Barajas Airport. Daily transport to the site, excursions, seminars. Certificate 130/260h of practice.

For more information, please 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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Archaeological Field School on Rebun Island, Japan: July 24-August 31, 2015
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

Project Description: Under the direction of Dr. Andrzej Weber, the Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta, will be offering a 6-credit Archaeological Field School (ANTHR 396) on Rebun Island, Japan. This field school will be hosted by the Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project (BHAP), which is an international collaborative research initiative exploring hunter-gatherer lifeways in Northeast Asia.

For more information, please visit

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Irish Archaeology Field School -- 13th century Black Friary (Ireland): May 18-August 21, 2015
The Irish Archaeology Field School will be undertaking its sixth season of archaeological excavations at the Blackfriary, in Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland.

The research programme will focus on the remains of the 13th century Dominican Friary.

The Irish Archaeology Field School is Ireland’s leading provider of site based archaeological research and training. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for students of archaeology and anthropology to experience at first hand archaeological excavation in a teaching environment. Excavations are undertaken within an established research framework led by a team of highly qualified and experienced archaeologists. Courses are open to university students of all levels.

Courses provided include:
  • Introduction to Field Archaeology
  • Advanced Methods in Field Archaeology
  • Introduction to Bioarchaeology.

The field school will run from May 18th to August 21st, 2015.

More information can be found by visiting

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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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