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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

Field Schools

Field SchoolIU Field School in Archaeology (X480)

Indiana University offers archaeological field school “Exploring Social and Historical Landscapes of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” every summer. The base of operations is Red Canyon Ranch, Shoshone National Forest, and the Crow Reservation, which are located in northern Wyoming and southern Montana. A research focus on residential use of space and heritage management allows students to study domestic architecture at nomadic Crow and Shoshone archaeological sites and gain experience in map making, surveying, and excavation techniques. Admission is by application only.

Contact Laura Scheiber for more information.

Anthropology Field Program in Oaxaca, Mexico (ANTH-A406)

This program introduces students to a broad range of anthropological topics, including heritage and cultural patrimony, linguistic change and revitalization, sustainable tourism, public archaeology, and indigenous rights. Students will meet local activists and community leaders, and experience Oaxaca's tremendous cultural diversity. Oaxaca City will be our primary home base, where students will explore linguistics, the arts, and archaeology by visiting museums, archives, archaeological sites, festivals, and markets. We will also travel to the different regions where the faculty maintain active field projects: the cloud forests of the Sierra Mixe, the Valley of Oaxaca, Nejapa and Quiechapa in the Sierra Sur, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and the Pacific coast. In all of these locations, students will experience anthropological research first-hand.

Sorrento Study Abroad 2017 (ANTH-A406)

An exploration of food globalization and tourism in an Italian coastal community.

  • Cooking classes
  • Marine Ecology trip
  • Vineyard, Orchard and Artisanal Food Explorations
  • Cultural Heritage Sites

Other IU-Sponsored Field Schools

Other summer field schools in archaeology are often offered.  Please consult the summer course offerings in other departments.