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Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:03pm

Field work is an important part of the student experience in anthropology and archaeology. There are opportunities for students to spend time in the field locally as well as internationally. 

Belize Primatology Field School (Spring 2018): Students study the daily activities of the Black Howler Monkeys in Belize, learning all aspects of primate field research, including developing a sophisticated research proposal, and data collection techniques, while also applying classroom learning in primate behavior, ecology and evolution in an actual field situation. For more information please see the Group Study websiteInformation and Selection meeting Tuesday October 10, 2017.  4:30 - 5:30 pm, Earth Sciences 614.


Ghana Primatology Field School (Spring 2018): Using primatological research as a point of entry, the Ghana field school teaches about biodiversity in West Africa. Students learn about conservation issues, and are exposed to several approaches to conservation, while learning to design a research project, collect and analyze data on the two species of primates found at the site, the black and white colobus and Campbell’s monkeys. For more information please see the Group Study website. Information and Selection meeting Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 4 - 6 pm. Earth sciences 702. If you cannot make it, but are interested, please contact Dr. Sicotte at directly.

Cluny Fortified Village Archaeological Field School (Spring 2018): The Cluny site (AD 1700) is located on the Bow River about 100 kilometres east of Calgary on the Siksika Blackfoot Reserve. Students excavate in living areas and in the fortification trench and palisade, and uncover remains such as animal bones, tools, pottery, and European trade goods such as glass beads. Excavation, cataloguing, analyzing, and interpreting the remains are all part of the experience. The field school is run in conjunction with the Blackfoot Crossing Historic Park Interpretive Centre. For more information, please contact Dr. Dale Walde.

Cultural Landscapes of the Maya: Heritage, Tourism, and Sustainability (Spring 2018): Visit archaeological sites across the Yucatan to discover ancient Maya cities and Mexico’s approach in preserving both cultural and natural heritage! The Maya are known for their elaborate and tastefully decorated urban architecture, including temple pyramids, palaces, and observatories. By visiting many archaeological sites, you will explore the splendor of the Maya. This program includes the study of the Maya heritage and its interaction with the environment both in past and present times through travelling the Yucatan peninsula. You will gain an appreciation of the challenges that Mexico faces in terms of preserving Maya cultural and natural heritage, as well as the international conservation guidelines, policies, and practices that are in place to meet those challenges. For more information please see the Group Study website. Information and Selection meetings Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 4 - 5 pm, MSC 275 and Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12 - 1 pm, MSC 275.

Maya Archaeology in Belize (Spring 2018): The Maya Archaeology in Belize Field Program represents an excellent opportunity for archaeology and anthropology students to develop or extend their field experience through practice in archaeological field techniques within a working archaeological site. Students will be integrated into the on-going research of the Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project (SCRAP); a unique chance to meet and work alongside associated investigators while experiencing a Maya site before large-scale excavations and restoration have taken place. Along with instruction and practice in field procedures and techniques, this program will involve in-field lectures and field trips to Maya archaeological sites and other attractions in the region. In addition to the two main course offerings, students will have the opportunity to enroll in an independent readings/study course (ARKY 597, ANTH 402/404. LAST 501) to conduct further research regarding a topic of interest related to Maya archaeology or Belizean culture. For more information please see the Group Study website. Information and Selection meetings Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 4 - 5 pm, ES 614 and Tuesday, October 24, 2017 4 - 5 pm, ES 702. 

Earth Science Field School: France and Spain (Spring 2018): Explore human and environmental history in a part of the world that is iconic for its historic legacy, geologic dynamism, and natural beauty. The Earth Science Field School held in France and Spain will be a field program with a focus on natural hazards, archaeology, and environmental geography. The trip itinerary focuses on this region’s rich cultural, historical, geologic, and environmental history through the lenses of Earth science disciplines and methods. Topics of study will include Paleolithic and Neolithic archaeology, regional sustainable development, conservation, the legacy of centuries of environmental and heritage management, and the significance of the historical development of cities within this region. Maximum exposure to urban and rural landscapes will be available to participants through direct observation, instruction and fieldwork, allowing students to build critical thinking skills in interpreting and making connections between human and natural landscapes. For more information please see the Group Study website. Information and Selection meeting Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4 - 5 pm, ES 332.