Location: Promtin Tai, Lop Buri, Thailand
This archaeological field school is part of an NC State University Study Abroad program. Students participating in the program will learn about the prehistory of Thailand while excavating, cleaning, and analyzing archaeological and skeletal materials from the Iron Age site of Promtin Tai (ca. 100 B.C. - A.D. 300). Our last field season in 2011 exposed two burial outlines on the last day of work, so we expect to be excavating skeletons within the first few days in the field.
The site is located on the grounds of a Buddhist temple near a small rural village. As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to visit magnificent Buddhist temples in Bangkok, to explore the old capital city of either Ayutthaya or Sukhothai, and to take a wildlife tour of Khao Yai National Park, home to wild elephants, gibbons, monkeys, and a wide variety of colorful birds.
The cost of $3,975 covers tuition for six credits, housing, transportation within Thailand, most meals, and entry fees to parks and temples during program excursions. Students will need to purchase flights to Bangkok and bring enough money for dinners, incidentals, souvenirs, and etc. (probably $500 or so).
We are in our rolling admission period and only have a few slots left to fill. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Case (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible to verify that space is still available.
Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school
Room and Board Arrangements
Students will spend the first three nights in Bangkok at the Reno Hotel. We will spend the first morning on orientation, acquiring cell phones, etc. The second morning we will tour the Grand Palace and the Wat Pho temple. We will also return to the Reno Hotel for our last night at the end of the field school. The remainder of the stay, excluding nights spent away on excursions, we will stay at the Lopburi in in Lopburi City, about two hours north of Bangkok. The Lopburi inn is about 12 miles (20 km) from the village of Promtin Tai where we will be excavating. During excursions to Khao Yai National Park and either Ayutthaya or Sukhothai, we will stay at a local guesthouse.
Most of the hotels provide breakfast. Lunches will be provided at the site on excavation days. Most dinners will be on your own. Food is quite inexpensive in Thailand, so meals can easily be had for $2-$5 per day.