Field Research and Study Abroad

Faculty-led fieldwork projects are a hallmark of our program.

Domestic Field Work

Archaeology Field Methods in Alaska
This course, specifically for undergraduates with no previous archaeological experience, focuses on building important skills by using state-of-the-art field-based research technologies and teaching the fundamentals of archaeological survey, excavation, stratigraphic profiling and site mapping. You can travel to the quaint mountain villages of Talkeetna and Trapper Creek—located along the confluence of the Susitna, Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers midway between Anchorage and Fairbanks—and participate in an ongoing research program.

Advanced Archaeology Field Methods in Alaska
This advanced course engages students in reconnaissance, survey and site excavations at multiple sites in the Volkmar Lake and Goodpaster River region of the Tanana Valley, central Alaska. You will travel on your own to Fairbanks, located in the heart of interior Alaska, where you’ll meet the research team and board either a floatplane or a riverboat to reach the remote Volkmar-Goodpaster project area. A field base camp will be established where your research will take place.

For more information on the field work programs in Alaska, please contact:

Brian Wygal
Assistant Professor
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Study Abroad

Adelphi in Crete Field School
This yearly summer project focuses on archaeological anthropology involving the excavation, recovery and study of the human skeletal remains at the burial ground of Orthi Petra, as well as technical field/lab drawing tutorials in archaeology and physical anthropology. Human ecology and the dynamics of village and city life are studied, local cuisine is sampled, museums and archaeological sites from Minoan to medieval periods are visited, and cultural events in the city of Rethymnon may be attended (art exhibits, musical and/or theatrical events).

For more information on the study abroad program in Crete, please contact:

Anagnostis P. Agelarakis
Department Chair
p – 516.877.4112
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