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.