Field Schools

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Attending a field school is an important step in the training and professionalization of any archaeologist.  The logistics and expectations of many field schools can inherently exclude many queer students –  from toxic masculine ideals, to living arrangements, to the challenges of being in a new locale.  These prevent many from entering the professional world of archaeology,  and reinforces the heteropatriarchy within the field.

The purpose of this page is to connect queer students in archaeology with field schools that have taken care to consider the needs of a diverse groups of students.

Students: Please see the list below to find more information on individual field schools.

*Please note, inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by the editors at Queer Archaeology.  All information has been provided by the field schools and has not been vetted.*

Field school directors: If you would like your field school to be included in this list, please fill out the online Field School Information Form.

P.S: We have sent this form to several archaeology mailing lists. Feel free to share the form so we can reach as many field schools as we can.

Submissions:

Czech American Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Field School

Field School Location: Seloutky, Czech Republic

Field School Dates: July 1 – August 2, 2019

Affiliated Institution/University: College of DuPage

For More Information and to Apply, please visit: http://cod.edu/programs/anthropology/field_school/index.aspx We are also on Instagram and have a Facebook page – @caafs_cod, https://www.facebook.com/Czech-American-Archaeology-Field-School-College-of-DuPage-316419941710860/

Description of Project:

This year our students will excavate a Celtic era cemetery in the small village of Seloutky, Czech Republic, with lab activities and accommodation in the historic Medieval city of Olomouc. All students will take a course in field and laboratory methods in archaeology. We also offer a Bioarchaeology course. All students will gain the essential skills of field archaeology and laboratory analysis, including excavation, mapping, survey, artifact cleaning and processing. Interested students can also learn about drone use in archaeology. We will work closely with the archaeology field school from Palacky University in Olomouc, providing an amazing opportunity for our students to have a cultural exchange with university students in Czech Republic. The central location of Olomouc gives students ample opportunity to travel during their free weekends to historic cities like Vienna, Budapest, Prague, and Krakow.

LGBTQ+ Staff Training Information

The professors and staff are not specifically trained in LGBTQ+ issues, but are committed to gender equality. We have had LGBTQ+ students attend our field school in the past. We will work to ensure all students interested in learning about archaeology have the best possible field school experience.

Non-Discrimination Policies and Protections for Students

We have a Code of Student Conduct, approved by the college, that all students must agree to before acceptance into the field school. Violation of the code of conduct can result in expulsion from the field school. One of reasons for dismissal from the program is: “Any student behavior, academic or social, which, in the judgment of the Directors, jeopardizes other program participants or the program itself”. The field school staff includes any type of discrimination, including against LGBTQ+ students, in such behavior. If there is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, there is a four part process before dismissal. First, the directors, after identifying the violation, will discuss the violation with the offending student. Second, written notification is sent to the College, and perhaps to the student’s emergency contact. Third, any additional violation will result in the directors consulting with the College’s administration to discuss dismissal from the program. Fourth, if the student is dismissed, they will be transported to the nearest train station and their emergency contact will be notified. If the violation is egregious enough, steps 1-4 could be condensed.

Statement on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

his is our approved policy on our field school application: Students participating in college sponsored or approved study abroad or field studies programs are entitled to an experience free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct 1. either explicitly or implicitly is made a condition of your education, or 2. interferes with your academic performance, or 3. creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or living environment. If you are traveling/studying abroad, you must realize that ideas of what constitutes harassment are different in other countries. If you feel you are a victim of sexual harassment during the field school, you should tell the offending person to stop what they are doing, and you should report the incident immediately to the Directors in charge. The directors will take appropriate action on-site, and will notify officials at College of DuPage. If your complaint is against a College of DuPage instructor, you will need to notify the college’s Affirmative Action Officer, the Director of Human Resources. Sexual harassment is illegal under both state and federal law. In some cases, it may be susceptible to prosecution under the Criminal Sexual Conduct Law. As a student participant in a C.O.D. approved program, you may not harass others nor should you condone any harassment, either verbal or physical, of others. All complaints of sexual harassment will be investigated following the guidelines of College of DuPage Board Policy 4074. Students guilty of sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action.

Gender Neutral Facilities

In the field we will have at least one port-a-potty. Our bathrooms and facilities have been gender specific, but students and staff have always viewed them as gender neutral (use the facility that is available). This season we will stay in university dormitories. Housing can easily be arranged to ensure the comfort of transgender or nonbinary students.

ANTY 467 Archaeological Field School in British Columbia

Field School Location: Missoula, MT and Lillooet, B.C.

Field School Dates:  May 15, 2019 to June 20, 2019

Affiliated Institution/University: University of Montana

For More Information, Please Visit: http://hs.umt.edu/anthropology/

Description of Project: 

ANTY 467 Archaeological Field School in British Columbia offers training in excavation, remote sensing, and survey in the beautiful Bridge River valley of interior British Columbia, Canada. Our research is conducted as a collaborative partnership with Xwísten, the Bridge River Indian Band. Research focuses on the Bridge River housepit village (http://hs.umt.edu/bridgeriver/) and related nearby sites. The field school includes field trips to the famous Keatley Creek site and the Secwepemc Heritage Center in Kamloops, B.C. Tuition and fees are estimated to be $3100 for in-state students and $4100 for out of state. Out of state students may apply for a scholarship for the difference between in- and out of state charges. Tuition and fees cover 6 upper division UM credits and room and board while in the field context. Students are encouraged to provide their own transport to and from the field site (carpools will also be arranged).

LGBTQ+ Staff Training Information:

The professor is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and is trained and experienced in LGBTQ+ issues. TAs are also trained and experienced in LGBTQ+ issues.

Non-Discrimination Policies and Protections for Students:

NTY 467 Archaeological Field School in British Columbia is developed and operated in concordance with the University of Montana Title IX Statement. Our goal is to create an open and welcoming learning environment free from harassment and discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. It is the expectation of this course that all participants (professor, teaching assistants, students, and volunteers) behave in a way that reflects and respects the University’s Title IX commitments regarding human dignity and worth. Should any project participant or field school member fail to meet this expectation, the professor in consultation with University staff will take appropriate action that could include dismissal from the field school. Anyone dismissed from the field school is responsible for his/her own return travel from the field site. Here are some important contacts: Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: 406-243-5710; Student Assault Resource Center: 406-243-2122 (email: contact curry@mso.umt.edu); Dean of Students, Dr. Rhondie Voorhees: 406- 243-5225, rhondie.voorhees@umontana.edu

Statement on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

The University of Montana is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from harassment and discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Such an environment is necessary to a healthy learning, working, and living atmosphere because discrimination and harassment undermine human dignity and the positive connection among all people at our University. The University will take appropriate action to eliminate, prevent and address the effects of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking and retaliation.

Gender Neutral Facilities

The University of Montana offers 19 single occupancy/unisex bathrooms across campus. Single occupancy/unisex bathrooms will be offered in the field context. The field school director is fully aware of issues associated with transgender and nonbinary students and is committed to working individually with students to ensure a safe experience.

Additional Information: 

This is an explicitly LGBTQ+ friendly field school. We look forward to creating a great experience for all students! Please contact Anna Prentiss (anna.prentiss@umontana.edu) if any questions.