Field schools are opportunities for undergraduate students to gain hands-on archaeological experience. The Department of Anthropology directly sponsors two field schools: the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project and the Texas Archaelogical Field School. The Belize Field School typically takes place in the first Summer session (June) and the Central Texas Field School takes place in the second Summer session (July). Undergraduate students can earn 6 credit hours of Upper Division coursework by enrolling in ANT 662. Prior Archaeology coursework or experience is not required by encouraged.
Students are encouraged to take part in non-UT Field Schools either elsewhere in the United States or abroad. However, if you wish to recieve transfer credit to apply to your degree, the Field School must be offered by an accredited university (i.e., you must return with a transcript). If you wish to ensure that your Field School transfer credit from another institution will be accepted by UT, you can request that the course be pre-evaluated by UT Admissions.
If you have any questions about Field Schools, please contact Jenna Habeeb.
The Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP) is directed by Dr. Fred Valdez. Since 1992, with the permission of the Institute of Archaeology of the Government of Belize, the PfBAP has conducted original research concerning the ancient Maya civilization. The project area of the PfBAP is in the Orange Walk District of northwestern Belize, near the Mexican and Guatemalan borders, on land owned by the Programme for Belize, a Belize-controlled non-profit organizaton established in 1988.
As a student or volunteer, you will have the chance to to obtain hands-on experience in general aspects of field archaeology, including excavation, survey mapping, artifact processing, and artifact analysis. Field techniques training will be supplemented by lectures. Subjects vary but generally cover excavation objectives, lithic analysis, ceramic analysis, osteological analysis, and Maya prehistory.
More information about the program can be found here: The Programme for Belize Archaeological Project.
The Texas Archaeological Field School is directed by Jonathan Jarvis. Starting in 2021, the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory and the Department of Anthropology held an archeological field school focusing on a Late Prehistoric site (41TV2581) near the community of Garfield in southeastern Travis County. The site is situated in a comparable setting to the nearby Toyah Bluff site and has yielded an artifact assemblage that includes many items found in the classic Toyah ‘toolkit’. The crew has also documented a historic cemetery of the Upland South tradition and an adjacent historic Tejano cemetery.
Under the direction of TARL’s Associate Director Jonathan Jarvis, a crew of students and volunteers will excavate the site and conduct an intensive survey of the remainder of the property. The field school is supported by COLA and the Anthropology Department and offers field research opportunities for UT undergraduate and graduate students in the summer sessions.
More information about the program can be found here: TARL Field School.