Field Schools

AMEC offers several archaeological and bioarchaeological field schools, which are excavation-based and survey-based. Our archaeology field schools focus on the archaeology and bioarchaeology of the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the Southeastern US. These field schools are offered during the summer months, are taught by AMEC faculty, and are open to graduate student and undergraduate students at Mississippi State University as well as other colleges and universities. Those offered in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and Israel are part of Mississippi State University’s Office of Study Abroad. Information, location, and specifics vary for each program, so please see the links below.

Summer 2019:

  • AN 4313/6313 - Bioarchaeology in Croatia I in Zagreb, Croatia (May 13-June 15, 2019) 
    This is a three-credit, intensive lab and lecture course that provides an overview of the methods used in biological anthropology for studying human remains as well as the techniques used to develop biological profiles used in forensic case work. In this course, students will intensively study the skeleton from the coronal suture to the distal end of the distal foot phalanges. The course is first and foremost focused on the anatomy and physiology of the human skeleton, with emphasis on evolution, function, growth, and development. Students will learn to identify all the bones in the skeleton, major landmarks of each skeletal element, and basic skeletal biology. Additional studies in the estimation of age at death, estimation of sex, pathological recording, and trauma analysis will also occur using skeletal collections from the Institute for Anthropological Research (IAR). Students will get multiple guest lectures on Croatian history, evolutionary relationships, advanced methodology in bioarchaeology, and violence theory. Students will also get field trips to a local hospital to see imaging studies of bioarchaeological material and get guided tours of the Archaeological Museum Zagreb and the Krapina Neanderthal site. 

    Note: you will be in contact with and handling real human bone on a daily basis. This course is not cast-based, we will be using archaeological remains from numerous sites throughout Croatia, dating from the Paleolithic to the modern era. They are priceless and irreplaceable. They must be handled with care and treated with respect.
     
  • AN 3510 - Bioarchaeology in Croatia II in Đurđevac, Croatia (June 14-July 15, 2019)
    This is an excavation-based field methods course held at the site of Sošice located in Đurđevac, Croatia. This is a multiperiod site, spanning the 16-19th centuries consisting of a multiple construction phases of a church and associated burials. Excavations have been conducted under the auspices of the Muzej Grada Koprivince in Đurđevac during (2015-2018). We will be working with the museum and several Croatian students to complete excavation of burials interred in the church foundations. In addition to the architectural and extended burial excavations, students will be exposed to excavation of commingled remains from the burial fill. Students will live and work together as a group while gaining experience in the methods of archaeological field excavation, burial excavation, and will have a special focus on GIS mapping and photogrammetry. Students will have multiple guest lectures covering local culture history and archaeology, and a guided tour of the Krapina Neanderthal site and an active archaeological site near Pozega.
     
  • AN 3510 - Bioarchaeology in Croatia I & II in Zagreb, Croatia and Đurđevac, Croatia (May 13-July 15, 2019)
    This program begins with a 3-credit, intensive lab and lecture course that provides an overview of the methods used in biological anthropology for studying human remains as well as the techniques to develop biological profiles used in forensic case work. Students will intensively study evolution, function, growth, and development.  Additional studies in the estimation of age at death, estimation of sex, pathological recording, and trauma will also occur. The second half of the program is an excavation-based field methods course held at the site of Sošice located in Ðurdevac, Croatia for up to 6 credits. The church and cemetery at the center of the excavations was in use between the 16-19th centuries.  We will be working with the museum and several Croatian students to complete excavation of burials interred in the church foundations. Students will gain experience in the methods of archaeological field excavation, burial excavation, and will have a special focus on GIS mapping and photogrammetry.
     
  • AN3510 - The Hester Site Archaeological Field School (Dates TBA) - The 2019 Excavation Field School for AMEC at Mississippi State will be located at the Hester Archaeological site outside Amory, MS, . This site contains one of the few stratied Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene sites in eastern North America. Students will learn the basics of conducting archaeological excavation, using and creating spatial data, artifact identification, and learning basic geoarchaeological methods.Since the feld school location is an hour away from Mississippi State, we will be commuting daily and a van will be available to transport students from Mississippi State to the feld site.

    (6 Credit Hours/ In-State Tuition + program fee*)

    Contact Shane Miller at dsm333@msstate.edu for more details on the project.

    *Subject to change. 

 

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