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Antigua Archaeological Field School

Location: Antigua and Barbuda

June 24, 2017 to July 22, 2017

Session dates: 
June 24-July 22, 2017

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified

This project is an RPA certified field school


California State University, Chico

Project Director:

Dr. Georgia L. Fox

Project Description

The Antigua Archeological Field School will be in its 11th year in 2017. This year, we will focus on Indian Creek (PA-04), one of the most important pre-Contact sites in the Caribbean. Radiocarbon dates show that it was continuously occupied for about 2,000 years, spanning the entire Ceramic Age of the Eastern Caribbean. Archeological research conducted at Indian Creek by Dr. Irving Rouse of Yale University in the 1960s established the ceramic-based cultural chronology of Antigua and the Eastern Caribbean. This chronology stood as the benchmark for the settlement and migration of Arawak-speaking peoples into the Eastern Caribbean. Subsequent research on Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles in the 1990s began to question the validity of the chronological sequence from Indian Creek. Answers to these questions can only be gained by a re-investigation of the site.  Today Indian Creek is privately owned and threatened by development. It will likely be destroyed within the next five years. It is therefore essential that archaeological research be carried out prior to development. Our approach will be multidisciplinary within a cultural ecology framework.  For  information or questions, please contact Dr. Georgia Fox at  Applications are now available at
or at:  

We still have a few spots open--deadline extended until April 4!

Field School Activities

The field school is award-winning, as designated by the American Anthropological Association and the Register of Professional Archaeologists.The field school was developed to provide hands-on professional training in archaeological field work. Students will be trained in:

  • How to set up and properly record excavation units and features.
  • Use of a total station to take elevations, mapping, and surveying.
  • Drawing features and understanding the basic principles of stratigraphy.
  • Field methodology and excavation techniques.
  • Creating accurate and professional field notes.
  • Developing familiarity and knowledge of Antiguan and Caribbean archaeology.
  • Processing and cataloging archaeologically recovered materials.
  • Learn basic field conservation of archaeological materials.

Field work is enhanced by evening lectures by visiting scholars and field trips to points of interest on the island.

Period(s) of Occupation: Pre-Contact: 2,000 years.

Prehistoric archaeology, Caribbean, Ceramic Age

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience required. We welcome students from all academic disciplines, colleges and universities, and in various stages of their academic and professional training (undergraduate, in-between programs, and graduate), who are interested in gaining field experience. The program is international in scope, as participants and researchers come from the U.S., Canada, Europe,the Caribbean, Africa, and elsewhere.

Room and Board Arrangements

Weekdays will comprise field work, Monday through Friday.  Students will also have the opportunity to hear evening lectures on Antigua’s prehistory and history. Weekends will be devoted to field trips, exploring the island’s rich geography and history, points of interest, and trips to Antigua's lovely beaches. Participating in the field school will allow students to experience contemporary Caribbean culture and cuisine. Credit and non-credit options are available; both include room and board, insurance, and ground transportation. Accommodations and meals are provided by the field school. Living accommodations will be in comfortable guest houses that are fully furnished and located in the quiet residential area of historic Nelson's Dockyard National Park at English Harbor. The houses are set on a hillside, and are cool and spacious, with adequate workspaces and a great scenic view of the sea. Three delicious meals a day are provided by our own fabulous cook. Everyone will meet at the main house for meals. All meals are varied and well balanced. Breakfast is light - fresh fruit, cereal, and toast; Lunch is a brown bag sandwich affair to be eaten in the field during the week, with a warm lunch being served on weekends; Dinner is a full hot meal. Meals can be supplemented with snacks that are available at local shops. Students are not permitted to cook in the accommodations houses. All students will be expected to assist with kitchen duties on a rotational basis.  If you have dietary restrictions, please contact Dr. Fox.

$4,475 (non-credit); $4,715 (4 units of credit)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
California State University, Chico
Number of credits offered 4


Contact Information
Dr. Georgia Fox, Professor
Department of Anthropology, CSU Chico
(530) 898-5583
(530) 898-6143
Recommended Bibliography: 

Wilson, Samuel. 2007.  The Archaeology of the Caribbean. Cambridge University Press.

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