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Field School in Caribbean Archaeology (Bahamas)

Location: Gerace Research Centre, The College of The Bahamas, San Salvador Island, Bahamas

June 1, 2012 to June 23, 2012

Session dates: 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 27, 2012

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon caribbean_archaeology_2012_program_information.pdf

Discount for AIA members: 
Members of the A.I.A. will receive a $125.00 discount on the required field and laboratory fee.

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Miami University

Project Director:

Dr. Perry L. Gnivecki, Miami University

Project Description

Research Program: Islands are dynamic ecosystems, sensitive to human modification and disturbance, as well as climatic and other environmental processes. Because of its unique geological and environmental circumstances, the central and northern Bahamas are an ideal place to test models of island adaptation, the interplay of subsistence and ecology, and culture change. Academic Program Anthropology 415/LAS (Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies) 418: Caribbean Archaeology: Field and Laboratory Methods (6 cr)(2010 Summer Term I) will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field and laboratory research methods that archaeologists use to study the environments and cultures of the past. The Caribbean, and the Bahamas in particular, will constitute a case study of human island adaptations for the prehistoric and early historic periods. in addition, students will be instructed in the methods of archaeological surveying and mapping, excavation, artifact and ecofact recovery and curation, cataloguing, laboratory methods, and the anthropological interpretation of archaeological data. students will also be instructed Caribbean archaeology, ethnohistory, geography, geology, and ecology, with special emphasis on the Bahama archipelago. Prequisites: 1 course in archaeology or anthropology, consent of instructor, good academic standing, and excellent physical health. 

Anthropology 415/LAS 418 fulfills the methods requirement for most anthropology majors or minors, and should count as an elective for the major or minor in Latin American Studies at your institution.  For students in honors programs at other colleges and universities, Anthropology 415/LAS 418 has an optional honors component.  If you have any questions about transfer credit, please do not hesitate to contact the program director (Dr. Perry L. Gnivecki (email:; phone: 513.785.3271) as soon as posible.

Additional information and program registration forms can be found at:

Period(s) of Occupation: Lucayan-European Encounter: Late 15th/Early 16th century

Excavation will take place at the Long Bay Site, San Salvador Island, Bahamas.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Students must stay the full duration of program

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
Sophomore academic standing; 1 introductory course in anthropology or archaeology

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will stay at The Gerace Research Centre of The College of The Bahamas, San Salvador Island, Bahamas.  Additional information about the Gerace Research Centre is provided in the program brochure.  

Miami University Tuition (6 credits): $3000; administrative fee: $125; Gerace Research Centre room and board: $1537+; mandatory HTH Worldwide Insurance: about $44; airfare + travel-related expenses: estimated: $850+; mandatory field and laboratory fee: $300; spending money: varies per student.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056
Number of credits offered 6 semester hours
$3000 + $125 (administration fee) + $44 (insurance)


Contact Information
Dr. Perry L. Gnivecki
Department of Anthropology, 120 Upham Hall, Miami University
United States
Recommended Bibliography: 

Berman, Mary Jane, and Perry l. Gnivecki, The Colonization of the Bahama archipelago: A Reappraisal, World Archaeology, 26(3): 421-441, 1995, London
Berman, Mary Jane, and Deborah M. Pearsall, Plants, People, and Culture in the Prehistoric central Bahamas: A view from the Three Dog Site, an Early Lucayan settlement on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, Latin American Antiquity, 11(3): 219-239, 2000, Washington, D.C.
Berman, Mary Jane, Jorge Febles, and Perry L. Gnivecki, The Organization of Cuban Archaeology: Context and Brief History, In Dialogues in Cuban Archaeology, edited by L. Antonio curet, Shannon Lee Dawdy, and Gabino La Rosa Corzo, 41-61, 2005, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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