Category Archives: Fieldwork Opportunity

Fieldwork: Excavation Opportunities for Military Veterans

American Veterans Archaeological Recovery (AVAR) conducts expert archaeological fieldwork worldwide by combining the drive and precision of military veterans with academic training and supervision. 

Bonds made on excavations help veterans work through feelings of isolation, disempowerment, and loss of purpose that often occur when service members transition into the civilian world. While our program primarily serves disabled veterans, our emphasis is on ability. We work diligently to create a program that accommodates a diverse community of veterans. Unique in the United States, the AVAR program helps veterans find their future while exploring the past. We describe the enhancement of archaeological fieldwork processes to benefit and develop the participant over the long-term as ‘Rehabilitation Archaeology’.

Learn more at https://americanveteransarchaeology.org/ and in the flyer below.

Fieldwork Opportunity: Blackfriary Archaeology Field School – Summer 2021

The Blackfriary Archaeological Field School (BAFS) been providing archaeological training and internships to university students (see www.bafs.ie) since 2010. While at a time of pandemic and uncertainty it is difficult for staff and students to plan ahead for study abroad experiences, BAFS would like to assure you that our field school activities are fully compliant with health and safety in light of Covid 19 and it helps greatly that our activities are predominantly outdoors.

The Blackfriary Archaeology Field School is part of the award-winning Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project (BCHAP) in the town of Trim, County Meath, Ireland. Focusing on the buried remains of the 13th century AD/CE Dominican friary and associated graveyard, the field school is suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds including archaeology, history, anthropology, and forensics – and for students looking for a unique study abroad experience. As participants in a public archaeology project, students are actively engaged with our outreach activities on site. They are also housed with families in Trim, allowing them to integrate with the local community.

We are offering two courses in summer 2021 (BAFS Summer courses), as well as internship opportunities (BAFS Internships). The four-week course, 2 sessions from 4 – 28 May and 1 – 25 June, provides training in excavation and post-excavation methods. The five-week course, from 30 June to 30 July 2021, includes a significant bioarchaeology component taught by Dr. Rachel Scott of DePaul University, Chicago, as well as general excavation techniques. We hope to be able to grant 10 ECTS credits (generally equivalent to 5 American semester credits) for these courses and can confirm this with you soon. For students with previous field and/or lab experience, we offer internships for a minimum of six weeks in the areas of excavation, post-excavation, and community outreach. You can find more information on our brochure (BAFS Flyer), through the links to our social media pages below, or on our website at http://bafs.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/BlackfriaryFieldschoolIreland
https://twitter.com/Blackfriarydig
https://www.instagram.com/blackfriaryarchaeofieldschool/?hl=en
https://www.linkedin.com/in/blackfriary-archaeology-field-school-0b730315b/

Fieldwork Opportunity: IAFS

Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS)
We are Ireland’s leading provider of accredited, field-based archaeological research and training programs. The ethos of the school is to provide an opportunity for students of archaeology and anthropology to experience at first hand the excitement of archaeological excavation in a teaching environment.

Our 2021 programmes are now open. In 2021 we offering 11 different educational program options across a range of fields, including:
• Archaeological Excavation
• Forensic Anthropology
• Medieval History
• Bioarchaeology
• Environmental Science
• Landscape Archaeology
• Experimental Archaeology
These programs are delivered from two of the premier heritage sites in Ireland and our new headquarters in Birr, namely:
• Carrick, Co. Wexford (site of the first recorded Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland after the 1169 AD/CE invasion, which later developed as a high medieval castle and borough) and
• Ferns, Co. Wexford (an early medieval c. 7th century monastic site, which continued in use through the medieval period)
• John’s Hall in Birr, C0. Offaly – our new set of heritage buildings, which have been purposely restored as a school.

View all 2021 programs here.

Winter Programs
Our winter programs are perfect for those who prefer a ‘path less trodden’, as it is a much quieter time of the year on the site and in Ireland, meaning a much more intimate experience that is ended everyday by a stunning winter sunset from Carrick Hill! Our winter programs coincide with the southern hemisphere’s summer holidays but also suit US students who can’ squeeze them in’ on their winter break as a great way to start 2021. We are offering two credited winter programs in both excavation and experimental archaeology.

For more information about IAFS visit https://iafs.ie/

Fieldwork 2021: Past to Present Archaeology

Students are welcome to join the Medieval and Bronze Age excavations at the site of Manglisi, Georgia (country not US), in summer 2021. Students will be able to gain more experience working on an archaeological site whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Caucasus Mountains.

Flights are not included but everything else is. The research is being
undertaken by Ilia State University in Georgia in collaboration with
Past to Present Archaeology. There are a number of projects that
students might want to get involved with, depending on their interests, so this is also a good networking for students wanting to pursue an archaeological career. The project will hopefully provide students with future research ideas and possible dissertation topics, should they wish to pursue these avenues. For further details please visit:

Anyone interested can either contact Rupert Birtwistle by email on projects@pasttopresent.org or alternatively contact Past to Present
Archaeology via their website.

Virtual Fieldwork Opportunity: Irish Archaeology Field School Online Summer Courses

Due to the Covid-19 crisis this field program has now been transferred online! While missing our outdoor classroom the program will still deliver the same great academic content and carries the same credits as the established field version. The program is delivered through a combination of live online teaching and lab sessions, exclusive access to pre-recorded tutorials and self-directed (but guided) learning and home-based activities. For more information see our dedicated brochure here.

Forensic Anthropology – Dead Men Do Tell Tales
June 8 – 12, 2020

Overview: This one week online accredited program teaches students how to excavate and assess human remains. Taught from the surroundings of the Irish National Heritage Park (see here) the Dead Men Do Tell Tales course is designed for students from a variety of academic backgrounds with an interest in osteoarchaeology and physical/forensic anthropology. Students will gain insight into key archaeological field skills and have the opportunity to analyse archaeological skeletal remains during interactive web-delivered laboratory sessions. Topics covered during lab sessions include: human and comparative osteology; determining sex, approximate age-at-death, living stature, identifying palaeopathological conditions and understanding how these techniques are used in archaeological and forensic contexts. The course is delivered by some of the foremost archaeological and bioarchaeological experts in Ireland (see here for biographies).

  • Where: From your own home! Instruction direct from the field, and our site facilities at the Irish National Heritage Park (see here)
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Academic Credit: 7.5 ECTS (equivalent to 3-4 US semester credits)
  • Total Cost: €650
  • Course Type: Forensic Anthropology
  • Application Deadline : April 30, 2020
  • Instructors: Dr. Linda LynchDr. Denis ShineDr. Stephen Mandal
  • For further program information see our brochure here
  • Included is all tuition and instruction, an e-learning pack, a virtual field trip(s) and an academic transcript

Apply online here

Field Anthropology – Uncovering the Archaeology of Conflict and Colonisation
June 15 – 26, 2020

Overview:
This two week accredited online program gives students a ‘hands-on’ orientation of archaeological field techniques and field anthropology, including key archaeological skills in survey, excavation and post-excavation analysis. The diversity of this course allows students to understand the significance of an archaeological site, specifically the Ferrycarrig ringwork (one of the first Anglo-Norman castles constructed in Ireland in 1169AD/CE), within its heritage setting in general, and that of the medieval landscape of Wexford in particular. The course is delivered by some of the foremost archaeological and bioarchaeological experts in Ireland (see here for biographies).

  • Where: From your own home! Instruction direct from the field, and our site facilities at the Irish National Heritage Park (see here)
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Academic Credit: 7.5 ECTS (equivalent to 3-4 US semester credits)
  • Total Cost: €850
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
  • Course Type: Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Instructor: Dr. Denis ShineDr. Stephen Mandal
  • For further program information see our brochure here
  • Included is all tuition and instruction, an e-learning pack, a virtual field trip(s) and an academic transcript

Apply online here