Field School Programs

The anthropology department offers a hands-on archaeological field school each summer in which students gain real-world experience while earning credit hours.

Colonial and Native Worlds • 2019

Colonial and Native Worlds Field School 2019

The Colonial and Native Worlds field school, under the direction of Victor Thompson, gives students the opportunity to work on a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. This field school will take place on the Georgia Atlantic Coast on Ossabaw Island, which is about 4.5 hours by car from Athens. See for more information on the island. The field school will be focused primarily on one site—South End (9CH155). The South End site contains archaeological midden deposits dating from the Archaic (4,000 years ago) up to the plantation period. Primary objectives on this site will be to fully delineate the boundaries of the site and record features that are actively eroding into the creek. Access to Ossabaw Island is by boat only.  There are no grocery stores, gas stations, laundromats, etc. on the islands. All housing and transport to and from the island from the mainland will be made available to students. However, as the island is remote, students will not be able to leave the island during the week (and only on select weekends). For more information, contact Professor Victor Thompson ( Also, visit the Georgia Archaeology Field School Facebook page for fun photos from previous archaeology field schools.

  • Dates:  June 4th-July 12th, 2019

  • Lodging:  Once on the island, students will participate in communal style living (rooms with bunk beds) with shared meals and duties in the Clubhouse. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are located in the same building.

  • Field School Goals: Students will learn about research design and implementation, basic archaeological field methods,  shovel test survey, block excavations, shallow geophysical survey such as electrical resistance, magnetic, and ground penetrating radar, topographic mapping as well as laboratory methods-artifact processing and identification and public archaeology

  • Fun Extras:  Beach trips, trips to other historic and archaeological sites and learning about the local culture and ecology of the Georgia Barrier Islands,

  • Tuition  and Costs:  Tuition - 12 Credit Hours (in-state), 6 Credit Hours (out-of-state). Check with the University of Georgia Registrar’s office for in-state and out-of-state rates.

    • There will be an additional fee of $40 per week for food. 

2019 Native and Colonial Worlds Information.

This UGA field school posts site updates, student work, and program information on the Georgia Archaeological Field Schools Facebook page, a collaborative effort between archaeology field schools at different universities throughout Georgia

Study Abroad Programs

Two summer study abroad programs are offered, each interacting with lands in times of cultural transition.

Bali and Beyond • Maymester 2017 May 8-June 2, 2017

The island nation of Indonesia is famous for the richness and diversity of its cultural and natural heritage.  One of Indonesia’s best-known islands is Bali, which is most notable for its distinctive brand of Hinduism and its elaboration of ritual and the arts.  Beginning in the 1930s, when an international collection of artists and writers began to make Bali’s unique culture known to Western audiences, the tourism industry began to flourish, and this process continues up to the present.  But the development that goes along with tourism has been a mixed blessing.  All over the island and its neighbor, rampant development challenges local communities to maintain the rich cultural and natural heritage that attracts visitors in the first place. In this program, students will learn about Balinese culture through individual experience. Find many more details at the OIE link here.

Surfing and Sustainability: Political Ecology in Costa Rica • July 5 - August 2, 2018

Taught by anthropology professor Peter Brosius, Surfing and Sustainability explores the Costa Rican Pacific coast as its people navigate a time of transition. As a magnet for global surf tourism, Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is being rapidly transformed today as communities face the complex challenges of promoting sustainability and conserving nature while catering to increasing demands for development and economic growth. We visit a number of coastal towns and surf destinations to learn how these communities are responding to the changing realities of which they are a part. The course itself is rigorous and includes learning to surf as an experiential component of the experience. Discover more here.