Program Overview

Field Studies in Human Osteology and Archaeology emphasizes mastery of field techniques for recovering human remains in an archaeological context. Sites may cover a wide age range and include work at prehistoric cemeteries, Bronze or Iron Age features, or medieval villages.

You will become acquainted with site discovery procedures (Phase 1), field mapping, and techniques for osteological and archaeological recovery excavations (Phases 2 and 3). You will learn how to conduct pedestrian surveys, establish a site grid, place excavation units, and conduct systematic excavations. You will also learn techniques for recording observations and identifying and collecting specimens.

In the laboratory (as time permits), you will learn techniques for processing, analyzing, and curating materials collected from the field and synthesizing laboratory and field notes into narratives.

Additional requirements

This program takes place in a relatively isolated remote field location and may require physically demanding work and extensive walking over rough terrain.

Academic Details

Students will take one course for six upper division anthropology credits in archaeological field studies. Those who successfully complete this field school will be prepared for a wide range of field applications, having developed the skills needed for archaeological, paleontological and forensic recovery of human remains.

This course will be of particular value for students in biological anthropology, archaeology and human physiology. There are no pre-requisites, but it is suggested that students have had introductory to advanced coursework in bioanthropology and archaeology. Additional work in laboratory or curation practices would also be helpful, as would basic knowledge of Russian or Kyrgyz languages.

Students who have shown initiative in developing knowledge and skills in scholarly and laboratory advance preparation will receive greater consideration than those who have not.

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.

 

Housing Description

Housing will be in guesthouses or hostels in cities and towns.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Term
Summer
Year
2018
Priority Deadline
Deadline
4/15/2018
Arrival Date
8/15/2018
Departure Date
9/14/2018

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.