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Anthropology Field Schools

Get your hands dirty.

All anthropology majors get to have field school experience. This gives you hands-on training in archaeological methods.

You can choose the experience that interests you most.

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Illinois State Field Schools

Our department runs two archaeological field schools.

Heyworth, IL

The Noble-Wieting archaeological site is a large Native American village dating back to 1200 A.D. Students continue to unearth ancient tools, ceramic bowls, elk bones, and more.

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Cherokee, NC

The Historic Cherokee Landscapes project investigates Cherokee community resilience and reformation during the 16th century to early 18th century. This was a period of volatile change in the U.S. Southeast due to warfare, disease, and involvement in global economic networks associated with European colonization.

Additional Field Schools

We partner with lots of other schools and organizations around the world to offer engaging archaeological training.

Giecz, Poland

Experience human osteology and mortuary archeology at an early medieval inhumation cemetery.

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Get practical experience in ethnographic methods and engage in cross-cultural processes. At this field school, you'll study the complex social and political contexts between culture and environment.

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ArchaeoSpain - Spain, Italy, and Greece

Choose a program and location that most interests you. ArchaeoSpain lets you excavate ancient sites with professional archaeologists. You'll experience history first-hand and learn how to uncover the past.

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Blackfriary Archaeology Field School - Ireland

Learn archaeological field methods in a friendly supportive environment in an excellent, long established Field School at the Blackfriary, Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland.

Learn more about Blackfriary Archaeology Field School