Archaeology Field School in Virginia
About the Program
In this four-week archaeological program, you’ll excavate a 14th century Native American Mississippian mound and village site. You will assist in excavating portions of three houses, to look for evidence of shell bead production, food remains, and household relationships, and identify change over time at the site. Basic archaeological methods, including excavating, mapping, surveying, and artifact identification, are taught. Students interested in a career in archaeology need a field school in order to get employment in private sector archaeology or to enter graduate school. Students earn 6 hours of Anth 335 (methods course credit).
Pre-departure meeting will take place on the Oxford campus on May 27. Students will travel to Lee County, Virginia on May 28 and return home on June 25.
Who Should Go?
Students interested in learning how to do archaeology; students interested in archaeology as a career (field school is required); students needing 6 hours methods credit in anthropology. Students must be willing and able to work outside for long periods of time as well as work in group settings. Interested majors may include but are not limited to: Anthropology, History, Geology, and Southern Studies
The program will run May 27 through June 25, during Summer I session.
Students should plan to be on the Oxford campus by May 27 and make their own travel arrangements to Lee County. If travel by air, students should arrive to Knoxville, Tennessee or Lexington, Kentucky, and arrange to rent a car to get to the site. The instructor can facilitate ride sharing.
Course fee is $1000. Included in the course fee are housing and select group meals. Excluded from the cost are the Study USA application fee, tuition, travel/airfare, and personal spending money.
Apply through the Outreach office.