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31st Annual Bioarcheological Field Schhol at the Center for American Archeology, Kampsville, Illinois
This year the University of New Mexico will conduct the 31st Annual Bioarcheological Field School at the Center for American Archeology. Directed by Jane E. Buikstra, Ph.D., the field school emphasizes both empirical and theoretical training in archeological research design and implementation. The University of New Mexico Field School in Illinois offers students the opportunity to participate in ongoing professional research.

Achill Summer School
The School will commence on Monday, 29th June and continue for 7 weeks. Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm. There will be an optional 4-day Guided Tour of well-known archaeological sites elsewhere in Ireland.

Dig Afognak is part of a long term research effort aimed at reconstructing the prehistoric lifeways of the Koniag Alutiiq people. Begun by Afognak Native Corporation, the Native peoples of Afognak are working closely with the Alutiiq Museum of Kodiak to retrieve culturally significant knowledge from the archaeology record, which has become critical in the struggle for survival of our Alutiiq heritage.

Arrow Rock, Missouri
African-American Archaeology The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the Missouri Archaeological Society will operate an archaeological field school in Arrow Rock, Missouri between May 20th and 31st, 1998. Excavations will concentrate on the African-American archaeological remains of a Masonic lodge, a church, and multiple households dating between 1880 and 1950.

Aucilla River Prehistory Project
More than a decade after it began, the Aucilla River Prehistory Project (ARPP) is recognized nationally and internationally for its contributions towards a greater understanding of human and animal interaction in late Pleistocene Florida. Each year the ARPP team produces substantial new evidence of human, animal, and plant life spanning the past 30,000 years.

The Belize Caracol Regional Archaeological Field School (BCRAFS) 
The Belize Caracol Regional Field School (BCRAFS) is located in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in the Cayo District. The Project Area has been demarcated in order to develop a regional project combining both national and international research between Belize and Guatemala. The Caracol Regional Archaeological Project will have four week sessions where students will be able to register to participate in this project.

Billown Neolithic Landscape Project Castletown, Isle of Man
The forth season of excavations and survey will take place at Billown, Isle of Man, between June 15th and July 19th 1998. The programme of work will include the excavation of Neolithic and Bronze Age features associated with a causewayed ditch, Ronaldsway urnfield, and a Bronze Age fieldsystem. Geophysical, topographic and environmental surveys will be carried out in the surrounding countryside. Applications from individuals wishing to join the project, which is run as a university training school, are now invited.

Blennerhassett Mansion
In the summer of 1998, West Virginia University, in conjunction with Blennerhassett Island Foundation, West Virginia Division of Tourism and Parks, Horizon Research Consultants, Inc. and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will be continuing an archeological field school within the formal garden area of Blennerhassett Mansion, a late 18th century historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Excavations during the field school in 1997 have already identified the remains of one of the flower beds in the formal garden area and laboratory analysis of seed remains from the excavated features has identified several types of flowers present in the garden area, including rose, violet, and sweet pea.

Burren Archaeology Research Expedition
Activity vacations in one of the most beautiful and archaeologically rich areas in Ireland.

Caesarea Maritima Excavations
During the summer of 1998 you may volunteer for excavations at Caesarea Maritima, an outstanding archaeological site located 50 km north of Tel Aviv. The University of Maryland and the University of Haifa sponsor the excavations along with a group of distinguished participating institutions. The directors, Avner Raban and Joseph Patrich of the University of Haifa and Kenneth G. Holum of the University of Maryland invite college and university students and other volunteers to participate with them in an exciting season of archaeology.

Castell Henllys Archaeological Field School
July 4 - August 15 1998. The Castell Henllys Project is based in the beautiful Pembrokeshire National Park in south-west Wales, at the Iron Age fort and Romano-British farmstead of Castell Henllys itself and historic sites in north Pembrokeshire, and also at the world-famous early Christian monasteries of Clonmacnoise and Monasterboice in the Republic of Ireland.

Chan Chich Archaeological Project
1998 Summer Field School Center for Maya Studies will be offering two four week long archaeological field school sessions in conjunction with the 1998 season of the Chan Chich Archaeological Project. Each session will be limited to a maximum of 12 students.

Crow Canyon
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado is a not-for profit organization dedicated to involving the public in the study of archaeology and Native American cultures.


Fort Benton Archaeology Field School
The ruins of Historic Fort Benton stand on the banks of the upper Missouri River. Once the premier trading post for the American Fur Company, it is one of the greatest points of historic interest to be found between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Coast. The excavations at the Fort site present an unparalleled opportunity to gain valuable experience in historical archaeological field methods.

GSU Wilderness Archaeological Field School
Georgia Southern University Wilderness Archaeological Field School GSU in cooperation with the United States Forest Service plans a wilderness site archaeological field school for the summer of 1998. This project continues work started on a site testing, site evaluation and site clearing project during the summer of 1997. A potential nineteenth-century Chinese mining encampment located in the Payette National Forest is the project's focus.

Helike Project - Field Archaeology Course
Ancient Site of Helike, Gulf of Corinth, Northern Peloponnesos, Greece, July 6 - July 31.   A multi-disciplinary program applying modern scientific techniques on a systematic basis to locate the lost classical city of Helike in the coastal plain east of the city of Aigion in Achaia, in northern Peloponnesos. The techniques employed by the Helike project include sonar surveys, magnetometry, georadar and electronic topography surveys, and bore hole drilling. Topographical studies and surface surveys of the areas under investigation are also carried out during the annual campaigns of the project. In 1995, the Helike Project began excavations of the Klonis site in the contemporary community of Eliki, where the first complex of buildings was located by application of magnometry in 1994.

Historical Archaeology Field School
The Minnesota Archaeological Research Program (MARP) is conducting an archaeological field school at the site of the early-nineteenth-century American Fur Company headquarters in Mendota, Minnesota-now the heart of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. The site was an important center of commerce during the first half of the nineteenth century. For the past 30 years, the Fort Snelling-Mendota Historic Districts have been the focus of a research program directed towards understanding the social, political, and economic elements of this historic complex.

Iliniwek Village State Historic Site, Northeastern Missouri Summer 1998 Archaeological Expedition
An eight-week field school in archaeology will be held this summer at the Iliniwek Village State Historic Site in northeastern Missouri. The dates for the field school are June 15-August 6, 1998. This village was the site where the Illinois Tribe was first encountered by French explorers Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette in 1673. The field school will employ the latest in archaeological techniques to provide high-quality, intensive training for students who want to learn as much as possible while making solid contributions to archaeology.

The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and the Division of Continuing Education of the University of Virginia will offer a six week archaeological field school at Jamestown and its hinterlands during the summer of 1998. The field school is designed to teach the method and theory of fieldwork in American Historical Archaeology and offers both the untrained and experienced student the opportunity to learn the practical skills of excavation and recording. It also provides an excellent educational opportunity for teachers seeking recertification in the social studies content area.

Koobi Fora
The National Museums of Kenya, in collaboration with Rutgers University's Program of Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology and the Rutgers Study Abroad program, offer a unique opportunity at a summer field school in Koobi Fora.

Marquesas Studies Institute Volunteer Program
The Marquesas Studies Institute is a non-profit organization that supports research on topics related to the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. The volunteer program allows select groups of interested non-professionals to participate in a variety of field research opportunities.

Michigan Technological University - 1998 Field School in Industrial Archaeology
The 1998 course in Field Archaeology at Michigan Tech will be offered from June 9 through July 15. It will provide a full range of training in methods and techniques, including survey, excavation, photography, mapping, and data recordation. Students will participate in a research project at the site known as the Carp River Forge near the town of Negaunee, Michigan.

Millstone Bluff Project:1998 Field School in Archaeology
Mississippian Settlement in the Eastern Shawnee Hills. Hayes Creek Site - June 15 to August 7, 1998. The field school offers an 8-week program of full-time instruction in archaeological method and theory with special emphasis on basic field and laboratory techniques. Fieldwork will include site survey in the project area, but the main focus will be on excavations at the Hayes Creek site.

Mitchell Springs Ruin Group – Field School

Montclair State University - Archaeology Field School
Field training in prehistoric and historic archaeology. Northern New Jersey, May 26 - June 19, 1998.

Monticello - Archaeological Field School
Monticello's Department of Archaeology and the University of Virginia's Division of Continuing Education are pleased to offer a six-week archaeological field school at Monticello during the summer of 1998. The field school teaches the fundamentals of modern, multi-disciplinary excavation techniques of historical archaeology, their methodological motivation, and the substantive issues in early Virginia social history addressed by archaeological evidence. The field school offers six credits to both graduate and undergraduate students upon completion of the six-week program.

New England Archaeology Institute
Archaeology Field School in Belize, The Ma'ax Na Regional Archaeology Project.

Northwestern University, Department of Anthropology Programs. Archaeological Field School
The 1998 Northwestern University Archaeological Field School will take place at the Cahokia site, a late prehistoric mound center near present-day East St. Louis, Illinois. During the Mississippian period (AD 1050-1350), Cahokia was the center of a complex chiefdom in the American Bottom region of the Mississippi River Valley. Cahokia is a complex site that had over one hundred mounds (including the largest prehistoric earthen mound in North America), a wooden stockade, and extensive residential areas.

Notre Dame archaeology field school
Archaeology and Geophysical Survey for Undergraduates and Graduate Students. The Notre Dame archaeology field school teaches traditional field methods and geophysical remote sensing techniques for site investigation. The curriculum includes introductions to the use of a total station (laser transit) and equipment for magnetic and resistivity surveys.

Ometepe Petroglyph Project
The Ometepe Petroglyph Project is a long term volunteer field survey of the Maderas half of the Nicaraguan island of Ometepe. So far the project has recorded and mapped 22 archaeological sites along the northern slopes of the Maderas volcano, and over 300 petroglyph panels have been photographed, drawn, and cataloged.

Prima Porta: Villa of Livia
The Prima Porta garden archaeological project will from this year accept international students on a voluntary basis.

Sepphoris Excavations, Israel
The University of South Florida,  June 9 through July 14, 1998. Sepphoris, a major Roman and Byzantine city only four air miles from Nazareth, was first excavated for one season in 1931 by the University of Michigan. It has been under excavation since 1983 by the University of South Florida Excavations at Sepphoris under the direction of James F. Strange.

Sha`ar Hagolan Archaeological Excavations– A Neolithic Art Center in the Jordan Valley, Israel
The Neolithic village of Sha`ar Hagolan (ca. 8000-7500 years ago) is the largest and most important prehistoric art center in Israel. Over 150 art objects have been collected from its surface during the years. However, in the past it had not been possible to conduct large scale excavations on the site since it was covered by fish-ponds and olive trees.

Sul Ross State University 1998 Summer Archeological Field School
Northern Davis Mountains, Jeff Davis County, Texas.

Tel Rehov Project
The Tel Rehov project, an exciting new dig in northeastern Israel, is seeking volunteer diggers for three- week to six-week periods between June 28 and August 7, 1998. Prior to the beginning of our dig in 1997, Tel Rehov was known as a very large, somewhat mysterious mound just west of the Jordan River and south of the Sea of Galilee, mentioned in several Egyptian texts during the second millenium BCE.

Tell Tuneinir, Syria 
1998 Field Season - May 18 - July 17. Tell Tuneinir is located in Northeastern Syria near the town of El Hassake, one hour south of the border with Turkey. This area, known as Mesopotamia, lies between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers. Tuneinir, which rises 60 feet above the flood plain of the Khabur River, has a history of occupation beginning in the Bronze Age and ending during the Medieval Period. The Middle Khabur Reservoir, completed in 1997, has begun to fill and will eventually destroy the archaeological site.

UC Berkeley - Santa Barbara - Tel Dor Archaeological Expedition
This summer, during the months of July and early August, a joint team from UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara will resume excavations in the temple area and city center. Since Professor Andrew Stewart, director for the last eleven seasons, will be on leave this year, the team will be led in 1998 by his co-director, Professor Rainer Mack of U.C. Santa Barbara. This is part of an international effort, led by Professor Ephraim Stern of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to uncover one of the richest sites in coastal Israel. King Solomon's principal harbor and a major Phoenician, Jewish, Persian, Greek, and Roman city, Tel Dor offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to learn the techniques of modern field archaeology from experienced excavators. No previous archaeological training is necessary.

University of Arkansas - 1998 Archeological Field School
The Parkin site, a 17-acre fortified Mississippian and Protohistoric village site in northeast Arkansas. Archeological and ethnohistoric evidence suggests that it is the town of Casqui visited by the Hernando de Soto expedition in June, 1541. Previous excavations have revealed that the site was continuously occupied for as long as 500 years. The site is within Parkin Archeological State Park, with laboratory and curation facilities immediately adjacent to the site.

University of Montana, Department of Anthropology - 1998 Archaeological Field Camps
Excavation at the Wagon Wheel Site of Wyoming's Green River Basin, and the South Paint Rock Chert Quarries in the Big Horn Mountains, Tree Frog site -Excavation at a protohistoric campsite in Montana's Centennial Valley.

University of Montreal - Department of Anthropology
A second archaeological field season at La Martre in the Gaspe Peninsula. La Martre is a small village of 300 inhabitants located on the north shore of the Gaspe Peninsula facing the St. Lawrence Estuary. This region has produced more than twenty prehistoric sites, which several are large lithic workshops. The 1998 field season will focus on a Plano Tradition habitation site/lithic workshop of the Late Paleoindian Period (ca. 10 000 8000 BP), the site DhDm-1 (station 16).

University of Oklahoma, Late Mississippian Archaeological Project in Alabama
The Late Mississippian Archaeological Project in the Black Warrior Valley of Alabama is a National Science Foundation-funded project examining the collapse of the Native American polity of Moundville through excavations at outlying mound sites. Moundville is a late prehistoric (ca. AD 1050-1550) mound site that archaeologists have identified as the center of a complex chiefdom.

University of Oregon: Archaeology and Geoarchaeology Field School
Fort Rock Basin. The University of Oregon summer archaeological field school was established in 1937 by Luther S. Cressman, who is known as the father of Oregon archaeology. In 1938 the field school, excavating in Fort Rock Cave in the Northern Great Basin of Central Oregon, recovered many sagebrush bark sandals from below a layer of volcanic ash. The ash was laid down nearly 7000 radiocarbon years ago by the climatic eruption of Mount Mazama that created Crater Lake in the souther Cascades. A sagebrush bark sandal of the Fort Rock type was later proved through radiocarbon dating to be more than 9,000 years old.

Wake Forest University, Department of Anthropology Field School in Caribbean Archeology, San Salvador Island
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Caribbean Archeology Research Program, 14th Field Season, May 24 - June 18, 1998.

Western Belize Regional Cave Project
The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project will once again be conducting archaeological research within various caves in Belize, Central America in the summer of 1998. This regional study will involve caves previously investigated in the 1996 and 1997 seasons, including Actun Tunichil Muknal (Stone Sepulchre), Actun Uayazba Kab (Handprint Cave), and a number of caves recently discovered.

WFU Fieldschool in Archeology
The Late Woodland on the Yadkin River, NC. May 19 - June 27, 1998.

X-ual-Canil, Belize - Field School In Maya Archaeology
1998 Social Archaeology Research Program (SARP), Department of Anthropology, Trent University.

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