Archaeology in Curaçao

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Freshman or Above
Location: Americas
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

This program has been postponed.

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 to learn more about the program topic and faculty director.


** GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel.  All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

Academic Details

Earn 4 quarter credits 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.

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.

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, bed linens and private lockers all included.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Spring Break          

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