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:

Archaeological Field School in British Columbia

Field School Location: Missoula, MT (USA) and Lillooet, B.C. (Canada)

Field School Dates:  May 13, 2020 to June 18, 2020

Affiliated Institution/University: University of Montana

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

Field School Director Email Address: anna.prentiss@umontana.edu

Description of Project: 

ANTY 467 Archaeological Field School in British Columbia offers training in excavation and remote sensing 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/) with a particular emphasis on Housepit 54, a deeply stratified pithouse at the site. 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 $3480. Tuition and fees cover 7 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:

ANTY 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/their 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.

Picuris Pueblo Field School

Field School Location: Taos, New Mexico

Field School Dates: June 3-30, 2020

Affiliated University/Institution: University of Arizona (joint program with Picuris Pueblo, SMU-in-Taos, and Barnard College)

For More Information, Please Visit: https://anthropology.arizona.edu/picuris-pueblo-field-school-summer-2019 (last year’s website – 2020 page coming soon!)

Field School Director Contact: lmmontgomery@email.arizona.edu

Description of Project:

Join us this summer for The Picuris Pueblo Archaeological Field School!

Students will earn 6 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit over the course of 4-weeks through hands-on training in archaeological fieldwork in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Student participants will collaborate with archaeologists and tribal members at Picuris Pueblo, to gain experience in archaeological field survey, excavation, and collections management. In addition to ceramic and lithic identification, participants will also gain training in technical skills like GIS and geo-chemical analysis. In addition to daily fieldwork, participants partake in site visits, lectures, and tribal events to further their understanding of the ongoing indigenous history of New Mexico.

During the 2020 field season, our work will include pedestrian survey and mapping of the agricultural terraces located in Survey zone 1 to the southeast of the Pueblo. We will also investigate the many historic camps on the community’s periphery, utilized by Jicarilla Apache traders during the 16th-18th centuries. The goal of this survey project is to document the extent and content of Ancestral Picuris’ field system and refine our chronological understanding of agricultural intensification at the Pueblo. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with tribal members regarding their agricultural practices as well as the nature of economic collaborations between Picuris and allied Apache bands.

In addition to daily fieldwork, students will participate in a series of special events. Students will have the chance to tour many historically significant sites throughout northern New Mexico, including Pot Creek Pueblo (an ancestral Picuris village) and Taos Pueblo. We will also attend traditional dances, feasts, and festivals put on by the community at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. In the evenings, there will be several lectures by staff and guests as well as reading discussions on indigenous archaeology. These talks will cover the history and archaeology of the Jicarilla Apache, the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, and much more.

LGBTQ+ Staff Training Information:

The professors and TAs on this project all consider themselves LGBTQ+ allies, and several are part of the LGBTQ+ community. We cultivate an environment of respect, support, and affirmation in the field. For more information, please contact lmmontgomery@email.arizona.edu

Non-Discrimination Policies and Protections for Students:

Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy: The University of Arizona is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination. In support of this commitment, the Picuris Pueblo Field School prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, based on a protected classification, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. The Picuris Pueblo Field School encourages anyone who believes they have been the subject of discrimination to report the matter immediately as described in the section here: “Reporting Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation.” All members of the Field School are responsible for participating in creating a project environment free from all forms of prohibited discrimination and for cooperating with University of Arizona officials who investigate allegations of policy violations.

Statement on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

See Non-Discrimination Policies above.

Gender Neutral Facilities

Students will camp in individual tents (not assigned/categorized by gender) on the beautiful 423-acre campus of Southern Methodist University at Fort Bergwin in Taos. Students will have access to campus shower and toilets (which are gender neutral), laundry facilities, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, as well as the library and computer lab. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Fort Bergwin dining hall and lunch will be eaten in the field.

LAST 395: Archaeology Field School in Peru

Field School Location: Sayan, Peru

Field School Dates: July 17th – August 15th

Affiliated University/Institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

For More Information, Please Visit: las.illinois.edu/academics/international/abroad/shortterm

Field School Director Contact: szremski@illinois.edu

Description of Project

This course is an archaeological field school where students will have the opportunity to engage in innovative original research at the archaeological site of Cerro Blanco, a Chancay Administrative Center located in central Peru. Students will be trained in excavation, the use of drones for obtaining low altitude areal imagery, photogrametry, and the basics of mapping in ArcGIS. This course is great for students interested in anthropology, economy, political science, social impacts of climate change, environmental sustainability, indigenous ecologies, resource management, or Latin American studies. In addition to working at the site, we also take field trips to Caral, the Lomas de Lachay and other points of interest in the Norte Chico.

LGBTQ+ Staff Training Information:

Per university regulations, the project director takes an annual training on safety and security abroad and has also participated in diversity training courses at UIUC.

Non-Discrimination Policies and Protections for Students:

We have a zero tolerance policy. Furthermore, all students participating in the field school are subject to the University of Illinois student disciplinary policy.

Statement on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct:

We have a very strict zero tolerance policy. Students who engage in any form of harassment or misconduct will be removed from the program. Students who are enrolled at the University of Illinois will face disciplinary action. Students from other universities may also face disciplinary action from their own institutions. This policy also carries over towards Peruvian students and staff on the project, who will face immediate dismissal for any misconduct.

Gender Neutral Facilities:

Our project is very small (less than 10 students) and we stay at a hotel in Sayan. As such, we are very flexible in terms of housing and will work with transgender and nonbinary students to find a room situation that works for them. (There is no hot water at the hotel, so we can’t fix the cold showers! 🙂 ). All of the rooms we rent have en-suite bathrooms and the hotel actually does have a gender neutral public bathroom just off the lobby. We do not have latrines at the site nor do we gender designate “bathroom areas” (i.e. we don’t have a division like women use the west side and men use the east side). If students need to use a bathroom at the site, they are free to choose any off site cactus or huayco channel where they feel comfertable.

Additional Information:

Since we are a very small project, we can work closely with LGBTQ+ students to make sure that they feel safe and comfortable. Peru, unfortunately, is a very conservative country and there is an overall culture of homophobia and transphobia in rural areas like Sayan. For this reason, issues related to LGBTQ+ safety are covered as part of the pre-departure orientation (along with issues of gender inequality and sexual harassment more generally). The idea of this orientation is not to ask students to hide who they are, but just to make them aware that people in Sayan may react to them in ways that they would not necessarily be expecting. We also tell students to notify us immediately if anyone in town makes them feel threatened or unsafe and, in general, students are advised always to go out in groups (Sayan is a super safe town, we have never had any incidents, but it is always better to be safe rather than sorry!). The University of Illinois also has a dedicated website with information and resources for LGBTQ* students who plan to study abroad.