Archaeology Field Schools

Archaeology field schools are multi-week hands-on opportunities for students to learn up-to-date techniques of archaeological survey, excavation, and and site recording; get experience in analysis and artifact curation; and gain skills that will serve in a wide variety of future of archaeological jobs. Although typically for students, many field schools also welcome members of local historical or archaeological societies, or provide opportunities for the public to experience archaeology for themselves. Even if you're not planning on becoming an archaeologist, you can still attend a field school. Archaeology field schools are offered throughout the globe, and typically for college credit.    

To attend such a field school, you'll need stamina, clothes you don't mind destroying, a hat with a brim, and SPF 30 sunblock. You'll need a strong sense of adventure; a stronger sense of humor; and the ability to work hard without complaining (too much!). But you might have the time of your life.

Archaeology field schools are offered by the Dare to Discover partners!

Lakeside Lab Summer Courses in Archaeology 

The Office of the State Archaeologist and Iowa Lakeside Laboratory are offering three different summer archaeology fieldwork courses: a 4 week session, 2 week session, and 1 week session. Dates to be determined. Apply starting January 2015! For more information, please contact: John F. Doershuk, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 319/384-0751,

lakeside lab 2015 field school

University of Iowa Woodpecker Cave Field School

Join Professor James Enloe at Woodpecker Cave in Coralville, Iowa, during summer 2015! This experience will run from May 18-June 11 and is worth 3 s.h. Completion of this course can prepare students for an entry-level Cultural Resource Management (CRM) job.

Woodpecker Cave Archaeological Field School


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