Summer Field Experiences


The American Anthropological Association maintains an extensive database of field schools that is updated regularly.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to sites with additional archaeology-focused opportunities.  The AAA also provides a clearinghouse for internship programs in a variety of areas.

The Archaeological Institute of America maintains a Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin which lists archaeological field schools

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: These programs are fully funded and provide stipends.  Go to the search page, and either search using keywords or look through all of the listing for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (which include anthropology and archaeology).  Check program dates; many begin before the end of Lawrence's spring term.

Ethnographic Research and Training

University of Florida online courses on research methods in cultural anthropology (graduate level courses open to advanced undergraduates covering text analysis, network analysis, geospatial analysis, behavioral observation, and video analysis); many of these begin in May!

Andean Community Response to Climate and Social Change (ethnography; Peru): methods in participatory action research and Andean ethnography

Himalayan Health Exchange (India): Service projects and lectures; not methods training

Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School (Mexico)

Off the Beaten Track (ethnography, Malta) includes optional workshops on beekeeping, bread, mapping migrants, fisherman, architecture, and sustainable agriculture)

The Open School of Ethnography & Anthropology (Maya communities, Mexico) ethnographic methods

Archaeological Research and Training

ArchaeoTek Archaeological Techniques and Research Center (Transylvania (Romania)): includes archaeology, osteology, bioarchaeology

Arizona State University Field School (Kampsville, IL; archaeology, bioarchaeology, osteology, GIS)

Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School (Ireland)

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (Colorado; archaeology)

The Irish Field School of Prehistoric Archaeology (Ireland; archaeology)

Biological Anthropology Research and Training

DANTA (primate behavior and conservation, Costa Rica)

Dmanisi Paleoanthropology Field School

Koobi Fora (Kenya; hominid paleobiology)

Transylvania Bioarchaeology (Romania; excavation and skeletal analysis)