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Archeological Field School

The Department of Anthropology at SUNY New Paltz sponsors two separate fieldschools for students. Each offers the chance for students interested in archaeology, biological anthropology, art history, and history a chance to be part of on-going research projects. The courses are open to all students

Huguenot Street Fieldschool, New Paltz, NY

The Department of Anthropology at SUNY New Paltz sponsors an archeological field school at the historic site of Huguenot Street each year during the Second Summer Session. This course provides twenty to twenty-five students with intensive instruction in archeological field and laboratory methods including excavation techniques, mapping, recording, artifactual classification and analysis, and paleo environmental, cultural and historical reconstruction.

Students who complete the field school earn 9 hours of upper division undergraduate credit or 6 hours of graduate credit. Three (3) of these credits will count as a 400 level elective in Anthropology's major and minor degree program.

The field school is open to all regularly enrolled undergraduate /graduate students. While some students enroll in the field school in conjunction with the anthropology degree program, the curriculum has been designed to enable students with no prior anthropological archeological training to participate. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the field school no prerequisites other than matriculation as a regular New Paltz or Continuing Education students are required. Students imust arrange their own room and board, either off campus or in dormitories. Transportation is not provided.

The field school is administered and conducted by Joseph E. Diamond (diamondj@newpaltz.edu). Since registration in the field school is limited, students who are interested in enrolling are encouraged to contact the field school director during the semester before enrollment is contemplated.

Nadin Archaeological Project, Croatia

Dr. Ken Nystrom runs an archaeological fieldschool in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Maine and the University of Zadar, Croatia at the site of Nadin in Croatia. The course is being offered through the Study Abroad program and will provide students with the opportunity to engage in both in-field excavation and laboratory-based analysis of skeletal material. Located near the Adriatic coast just outside the modern city of Zadar, Nadin has a deep archaeological record that includes Late Iron Age/Early Roman, post-Roman/Medieval, and Ottoman components. The overall research goals of the project focus on reconstructing the response to periods of increased urbanization and climate change as reflected not only in material culture, but in indicators of health and diet derived from skeletal material.

In 2017, the Nadin field school will run from May 21 to June 11. It can be taken as either a 3 or 6 credit course (only 3 credits will count towards the Anthropology major). The field school is run as a study abroad course through the Center for International Programs at New Paltz. Click here to go directly to the CIP website for this course and being the application process. Contact Dr Nystrom (nystromk@newpaltz.edu) for further information.

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Funding/Scholarships for Field Schools

The following is a list of institutions that offer scholarships for student attending field schools. When you start thinking about going to a field school, make sure you take a look through these opportunities.

Society for American Archaeology

Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology

Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship: This offers a scholarship to students attending their first archaeological field school.

Institute for Field Research: This site contains a number of different funding opportunities, some of which are restricted to field schools offered through the IFR.