University of Oregon

Archaeology in Curaçao

Program Overview

In this program we will explore the archaeology of Curaçao and other Pre-Columbian settlements in the Caribbean islands. With a focus toward examining migration theories, settlement patterns, subsistence strategies and the development of cultural complexity through time, we will examine the rich archaeological and historical record of a region that often receives little attention from introductory textbooks and discussions of world prehistory. Toward the end of the course, we will discuss how many of these smaller island states, dependent on the tourist industry for income, have grappled with preserving the past in the post-colonial era. 

Note: Students will spend 8 nights on site in Curaçao during spring vacation and the remainder of the course work will be completed on campus. 

Watch this video for an inside look at the program: https://vimeo.com/167307736/f520a9f8aa

Academic Details

Earn 4 quarter credits or 2 semester hours of upper division credit in anthropology. All instruction is in English. Course fulfills: 1) ANTH major and minor upper division electives; and 2) ANTH (Arch) major geographical course requirement.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Scott M. Fitzpatrick from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon serves as Director and primary instructor for the program. Dr. Fitzpatrick specializes in the archaeology of island and coastal regions, particularly in the Pacific and Caribbean. Much of his research focuses on colonization events, seafaring strategies, adaptations to smaller islands, exchange systems, chronometric techniques, and human impacts on ancient environments. He has active field projects in Palau and several islands in the Caribbean, including the Grenadines and Nevis. 

Housing Description

All students and staff will stay at The Ritz Hostel in Willemstad, Curaçao. The Ritz is a former ice cream factory that has been completely renovated. Guests will enjoy an outside pool, free wifi, restaurant, launderette, air conditioning, fully equipped kitchenette, shared bathrooms, access to patio, ben linens, private lockers included. 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Break20171/1/20172/1/20173/25/174/2/17

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.