Mohegan Archaeological Field School 2024

Location: Uncasville, CT, USA

Season: June 24, 2024 to July 26, 2024

Session Dates: June 24 - July 26 2024

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Tufts University, Mohegan Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Project Director:
Craig Cipolla

Project Description:

The Mohegan archaeological field school teaches archaeology using an innovative collaborative approach. Students learn archaeological method and theory while surveying and excavating colonial-era sites on the Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Mohegan field school operates as an equal partnership between the Mohegan Tribe and Tufts Anthropology. The project is designed to respect the sensitivities, interests, and needs of the Mohegan Tribe while conducting rigorous archaeological research. The field school brings together students and staff of diverse backgrounds to learn about colonial history, Mohegan history and heritage, the history of North American archaeology, and—not least important—the often-troubled relationship between archaeologists and Indigenous communities. While taking the field school, students stay on the Connecticut College campus.

The course is conducted as an in-person intensive in Connecticut. The course hours are approximately 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday. Transportation from dormitories to field sites and any course related field trips will be provided. Combination of classroom learning via lectures, speakers, readings, etc. and field learning, including daily fieldwork.

Students interested in enrolling should complete this application:   The program will begin reviewing applications on March 1 and will continue accepting applications until the program is full. Feel free to contact Dr. Craig Cipolla with any questions (

Period(s) of Occupation: Primarily historical archaeology (18th and 19th century) w/ some pre-colonial archaeology

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire span

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: no experience required

Room and Board Arrangements:
included in tuition cost

Academic Credit:
4 credits (through Tufts University)

Contact Information:

Craig Cipolla

Anthropology Dept., 8 Upper Campus Road





Phone: (617) 627-2070

Fax: n/a

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