Summer 2015

Archaeology Field School in the Mariana Islands

Field School Program

The University of Hawai‘i and Universitat Pompeau Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) are hosting an archaeological field school in partnership with the University of Guam. The field school provides participants with intensive training in archaeological site excavation and mapping in the field, and artifact analysis and interpretation in the laboratory. Students will attend lectures on Pacific island archaeology and traditional history by archaeologists, cultural practitioners, and other noted scholars. Field trips will be taken to numerous cultural and historic sites on the island.

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Location

The 2015 archaeological field school will take place along a remote coast in the Ritidian Unit of the Guam National Wildlife Refuge. The wildlife refuge includes vast coral reefs with abundant marine life, lush tropical forests, and stunning limestone cliffs. The island of Guam is a US Territory; the islands to the north of Guam comprise the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

Archaeology & History

The archaeological record of the refuge is exceptionally rich and it includes ancient Chamorro villages with the famed megalithic latte buildings. This area witnessed the first contact with Europeans when Ferdinand Magellan - the famed Portuguese explorer - encountered Guam in 1521 as his ships sailed around the world. Guam was ruled as a Spanish colony for than two centuries, and it was a vital provisioning station for the galleon ships that crossed the Pacific Ocean between Manila, Philippines and Acapulco, Mexico. Because of its location along the galleon route, Guam developed a unique indigenous society that integrates cultural characteristics from the Pacific, Asia, the Americas, and Europe.

Course Credits

Students will receive 6 college credits: ANTH 381 (Archaeological Field Techniques) or ANTH 668 (Archaeological Field Methods). For additional tuition and research, students may also enroll for 3 credits of ANTH 399 or ANTH 699.

Instructors and Researchers

The archaeology field school will be co-directed by Dr. James M. Bayman and Dr. Sandra Montón Subias, in partnership with faculty at the University of Guam: Dr. Mike Carson, Dr. John Peterson, and Dr. Hiro Kurashina. These scholars have conducted archaeological research throughout the Pacific, Asia, the Americas, and Europe.

Tuition & Expenses

$4030 (all inclusive except for airfare and meals). Students will live in University of Guam dormitories and will prepare their meals in the kitchen facilities provided.

Dates

June 8 - July 3, 2015 (4 weeks)

Applications

Completed applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline of April 15, 2015. Early applications are strongly encouraged to reserve your slot on the field school roster.

    » Download Summer 2015 Field School application (.doc)

For Additional Information Contact:

James M. Bayman, Professor
University of Hawai‛i-Mānoa, Dept. of Anthropology
Email: jbayman@hawaii.edu
Phone: 808-956-8511 - Hawaii Standard Time (HST)

Students excavating an archaeology site.

Students excavating an archaeology site.

Students sieving sediments for cultural artifacts.

Students sieving sediments for cultural artifacts.

Traditional shell adzes excavated by field school students.

Traditional shell adzes excavated by field school students.

Field school students near beach on Guam.

Field school students near beach on Guam.