Archaeological Excavations

UE student excavating at Jezreel, Israel, scuba diving during an underwater field school in Bermuda, using a magnetometer in a field, and standing with shovel in a jungle.

From digs across the United States to Europe, Egypt, Israel, and Peru students in our program have numerous opportunities for hands-on excavating experience preparing them to succeed in the field after graduation.

Archaeology and art history majors have the opportunity to take part in archaeological field schools and other excavations all over the world. Students often find where they want to dig using the Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin (AFOB) maintained by the Archaeological Institute of America.

International excavations attended by our majors have included:

  • Field School in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology, Badia Pozzeveri, Italy
  • Poggio Civitate (Murlo) Field School, Italy
  • UC Berkeley Archaeological Field School in Nemea, Greece
  • Mitrou Archaeological Project, Greece
  • Excavations at Tell Timai, Egypt
  • Tell Megiddo Expedition, Israel
  • Excavations at Tel Dor, Israel
  • Lincoln Archaeological Field School, Lincolnshire, England
  • Croxton Kerrial Manor House Excavations, England
  • Binchester Project Excavations at Roman Vinovium, England
  • Excavations at Castell Henllys, Wales
  • Heritage and Archaeological Research Practice Field School, Scotland
  • Ness of Brodgar, Orkney Islands, Scotland
  • Medieval Gaelic Lordship of Moylurg Project, Ireland
  • Irish Graveyard Survey Project, Carrickmacross, Ireland
  • Sanisera Field School, Menorca, Spain
  • Boston University’s Archaeological Field School, Menorca, Spain
  • Excavations at the Porolissum Forum Project, Romania
  • Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project, Turkey
  • Koros Regional Archaeological Project, Hungary and Cyprus
  • Balkan Heritage’s Excavations at Hyraclea Lyncestis, Macedonia
  • The Baga Gazaryn Chuluu Survey in Middle Gobi, Mongolia
  • Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, Belize
  • Rio Bravo Archaeological Field School, Belize
  • Huari-Ancash Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Project, Peru
  • Archaeological Field School IEP, Peruvian Central Coast, Peru
  • University of Rhode Island Underwater Field School, Bermuda

Awards and Scholarships

Worried about the cost of participating in an excavation? Check out the Awards and Scholarships available to our majors.

In the last few years our majors have excavated at sites across North America including:

  • New Harmony, IN – University of Southern Indiana
  • Angel Mounds State Historical Site, IN – Indiana University
  • Kampsville, IL – Center for American Archaeology
  • William Shores House, Rockton, IL – McHenry County College
  • Kincaid Mounds, IL – Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Henry Bibb Heritage Trail, KY – Kentucky Heritage Council
  • Upper Cumberland Plateau, TN – East Tennessee State University
  • Fort Ancient, OH – Wright State University
  • Fort Michilimackinac, MI – Michigan State Universtiy
  • James Madison’s Montpelier, VA – Montpelier Foundation
  • Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH – Strawbery Banke Museum
  • Perryton, TX – Courson Archaeological Research
  • Isles of Shoals Archaeology Project, ME – Shoals Marine Laboratory
  • Slobodna Underwater Field School, Key West, FL – PAST Foundation
  • Totah Archaeological Project, NM – San Juan College
  • Wenas Creek Mammoth Project, WA – Central Washington University

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