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Summer Archaeological Field School in Thailand

Location: Promtin Tai, Lop Buri, Thailand

May 20, 2015 to June 23, 2015

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 6, 2015

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



North Carolina State University

Project Director:

Dr. Troy Case, NC State Univ, Dr. Thanik Lertcharnrit, Silpakorn Univ, and Dr. Scott Burnett, Eckerd College

Project Description

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 archaeological site of Promtin Tai (ca. 500 B.C. - A.D. 800).  The site has two important components, a historic midden layer dating primarily to AD 500-800 with large quantities of artifacts such as pottery, faunal bone, and freshwater shells, and occasional special artifacts such as imported beads, religious items, and bones or teeth from extinct animals. The second component is the Iron Age cemetery that underlies the historic midden. During our last field season in 2013, we removed one skeleton and encountered at least one other, so it seems we have reached the burial layer and should be excavating, cleaning, and analyzing skeletons this season.

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 $4000 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 (ca. $1000 - $1500 most years) and bring enough money for dinners, incidentals, a cheap cell phone, souvenirs, and etc. (probably $500 or so).

We are in our rolling admission period and will fill positions as applications are completed. If you have questions prior to applying, please contact Dr. Case (

Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age

Bioarchaeology, Burial Excavation, Skeletal Cleaning and Analysis, Prehistoric

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school

Minimum age: 
University student 20 years or older

Experience required: 
Ability to identify and side most human bones preferred

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will spend the first three nights in Bangkok in a small hotel in the Siam Square district (near National Stadium Skytrain Station). 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. The remainder of the stay, excluding nights spent away on excursions, we will stay at the Lopburi inn 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 a dinner can easily be had for $1 - $2 per day.


$4000 Program Fee (includes 6 hours of university credit) $1000 - $1500 Flight to Thailand $300 - $500 Occasional meals, incidentals, cell phones, etc. $35 - 60 day visa Note that many students can use financial aid to pay all or most of these costs. Please contact your university's financial aid office for specific information, and tell them that you will be getting six hours of transfer credit.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
North Carolina State University
Number of credits offered 6


Contact Information
Dr. Troy Case
2400 Founders Drive
Recommended Bibliography: 

Lertcharnrit T (2006) The Moated Site of Promtin Tai and the Transition from Late Prehistory to Early

 History in Central Thailand. In Uncovering Southeast Asia’s Past, edited by Elisabeth Bacus, Ian Glover, and Vincent Pigott, pp. 257-264. Singapore: Singapore University Press.