Archaeology Field School

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2019 Field School Dates

May 13 – June 20

Students interested in pursuing a career in archaeology are urged to register for the summer Archaeology Field School (ANTH 490). The purpose of the field school is to train students in the basic techniques and methods of archaeological survey, excavation and analysis, and usually involves six weeks in a field camp setting. For archaeology students the school is a necessary part of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to attend early in their academic careers as this may provide additional field work opportunities. Notably, most federal agencies now require a field school as appropriate training for government service.

The archaeology course meets four days a week for six weeks. The class meets in the field Monday through Thursday, returning on Thursday. Transportation is provided to and from the field site. Fieldwork sessions are normally eight hours each day. A tent camp will be located on the site with a field kitchen providing three meals each day.  Field and kitchen equipment and supplies are provided. Students are required to provide their personal gear including sleeping bags and a tent.

Archaeology Field School Application
Field School Gear List
Field School Facts

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Enrollment is open to undergraduate and graduate students. At least one course in anthropology or archaeology is preferred. The field school restricts enrollment to 12 persons to ensure a quality experience for each student. Since enrollment is limited, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Preference will be given to anthropology majors. The deadline for applications is April 1st. Within a week after the deadline students will be notified of their acceptance into the field school. Once you have been notified, a permission number will be issued to register for the class. If you have questions about the field school please contact Mark Plew

Students must register through their myBoiseState account for 6 semester hours. A $700 field school room and board fee is required along with the 6-credit course fee.  The course fee and room and board fees must be paid prior to the beginning of the field school, unless the fees are being paid from a summer financial aid award, at which time the fees will be paid when the financial aid is disbursed.

Scholarship Opportunities:

1)  The department offers several $700 Room and Board Scholarships to eligible students.  See the Archaeology Field School Application form for details, or contact Mark Plew at

2)  The Archaeological Institute of America offers a scholarship for first-time participants in an archaeological field school.  See details below:

Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America
Program Number: 98176
Title: Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship
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SYNOPSIS:  Established in honor of AIA Past President Jane Waldbaum, this scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.

3)  The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) offers applications and awards for the Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS). The SAA HUGS provides funding for minority archaeology students to attend archaeological field schools and thus prepare for careers in archaeology and heritage management.

Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS)