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Archaeology Field School

ANTH 490 Archaeology Field School

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 fieldwork opportunities. Notably, most federal agencies now require a field school as appropriate training for government service.

This 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, kitchen equipment, and supplies are provided. Students are required to provide their personal gear including sleeping bags and a tent.


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. Applications for Summer 2023 will be available in Spring 2023. 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 Students must register through their myBoiseState account for 6 semester hours.


Upon registering for ANTH 490 a $700 field school room and board/course fee will be added to your student account. The course fee and room and board fee are 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 with the summer financial aid award is disbursed.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are scholarship opportunities available to assist students with covering the cost of the field school.

Anthropology Department Field School Scholarship

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

Archaeological Institute of America Scholarship

The Archaeological Institute of America offers a scholarship to first-time participants in an archaeological field school.

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

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS)

The Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship endowment fund was established in 2010 to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups obtaining degrees in archaeology. The SAA HUGS provides funding for minority archaeology students to attend archaeological field schools and thus prepare for careers in archeology and heritage management. The submission period opens on October 1 annually. Learn more about the HUGS award and how to apply.