Field Schools

Archaeological Field Schools

A rewarding career begins with a great question. Something that sparks your curiosity and makes you want to pursue the questions that intrigue you, and archaeological field school allows you to do just that. It is difficult to teach all the practical aspects of fieldwork in a classroom so archaeologists regularly take students into the field to teach them about doing archaeology. There are many field schools offered around the country and around the world each year, and the best ones involve students in professional research projects.

If you think you might want to be an archaeologist or go to graduate school in archaeology, it is a good idea to try it out and see if you like it.

Finding a Field School

There are many kinds of field schools – some are good academic experiences and others are a way for researchers to get cheap labor for their projects. Explore the options, and when you have a list of field schools you’re interested in, make an appointment to talk with Dr. Amber Johnson ( for help learning which are likely to be the most productive.

Fieldwork is Hard, Dirty Work

It is also a lot of fun, interesting and very rewarding. If you think doing archaeology will be romantic, read “Preparing for a Dig” on the AIA website.

Policy Regarding Transfer Credit

The Department of Society and Environment will accept up to 3 hours of transfer field school credit as an elective for the sociology/anthropology major; any additional hours you earn can go to University elective credits.

Excavate & Survey

Cahokia Mounds