Antigua Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Field School

Location: Antigua and Barbuda

June 4, 2016 to July 2, 2016

Session dates: 
June 4-July 2, 2016

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 28, 2016

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

This project is an RPA certified field school


California State University, Chico

Project Director:

Dr. Georgia L. Fox

Project Description

The Antigua Archaeological Field School will be in its 10th year in 2016, and this field season promises to be exciting, as we combine joint excavations at two separate but closely-related locations: Monk’s Hill, a scenic 18th-century fort site, and Galleon Beach, a former burial ground for sailors. As a former British colony, these excavations link to our ongoing research at Betty’s Hope Plantation and allow us to see a broader picture of English colonization on Antigua and the wider Caribbean region.  Students will have a full excavation experience working at both sites, learning current methodologies and professional standards and practices in field archaeology and bioarcheology.  Dr. Matthew Brown of State University of New York, Farmingdale, will be directing the excavations at Galleon Beach.

To apply, please go to and click on the "APPLY" link for the full application. 

For additional information, applicants are encouraged to watch the BBC 4 broadcast on You Tube: Nelson's Caribbean Hell Hole at:

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.
  • Learning current methodologies in bioarchaeology.
  • Developing familiarity and knowledge of Antiguan and Caribbean archaeology.
  • Processing and cataloging archaeologically recovered materials.

Field school students will be assigned weekly readings that pertain to Caribbean colonial history and the methodologies of historical archaeology, and evening lectures are planned by scholars.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historical archaeology, British Colonial, 17th-19th centuries.

Historical archaeology, bioarchaeology, Caribbean, forts

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 historical archaeology, bioarchaeology, and anthropology. 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.

$4,345 (non-credit); $4,585.00 (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: 

Dyde, Brian. 2000. A History of Antigua. New York, MacMillan Education, Ltd.

Mintz, Sydney W. 1985. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. New York: Penguin Books.

Parker, Matthew. 2011. The Sugar Barons. Walker & Co., New York.

Singleton, Theresa. 1985. Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.