Location: Antigua and Barbuda
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 http://rce.csuchico.edu/passport/antigua 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: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Nelson%27s+Hell+Hole
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:
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.
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks
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.
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.