Archaeological Field Methods in Alaska

This course, specifically for undergraduate and graduate students 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 Shaw Creek Archaeology Research station in the middle Tanana Valley and participate in an ongoing research program pertaining to the late Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas.

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Final approval is granted once full tuition is paid and enrollment procedures are completed. Important: do not book airfare or transportation arrangements until fully enrolled in the program.

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Eligibility and Overview

Students must enroll in one of the following courses to participate. Click the links below for program and pricing information:

Instructor permission and a minimum 2.5 GPA is required to enroll in the 0103-332 or 0103-532 courses. 0103-332 is intended for undergraduate students with no prior field experience and 0103-532 for graduate credit is open to college seniors or post-graduates with some prior field or laboratory experience in archaeology. These courses run concurrently but program costs vary. Note that students will travel on their own accord to Fairbanks, Alaska, where they will meet the project directors.

Application Deadlines

Summer Session II: Applicant review will begin January 10 and continue until all positions are filled.

Important Steps to Apply

  Step 1 – Application for Acceptance

Completed online Adelphi Archaeology Field Methods in Alaska Application including the following:

  • One academic reference 
    • Provide a name and contact information for a faculty member or academic adviser who can provide a brief email highlighting how this program will benefit your development.
    • Notify your academic reference to send the email directly to Program Director Brian Wygal at
  • Letter of Intent prepared by the applicant (one-two pages)
    • Explain your interest/motivation and past experiences.
  • Review and agree to abide by the Adelphi University Code of Conduct.  
  • Completed Disclosure and Release form
  • Completed Release from Liability form
  • Completed Emergency Contact Form
  • Completed Photo Release Form
  • Completed Hold Harmless Form
  • Proof of current medical and/or trip insurance
 Step 2 – The following are required for enrollment after acceptance to the program

Acceptance is not guaranteed until enrollment procedures have been completed:

  • Read and review and accept terms of the course syllabus.
  • Proof of tetanus vaccination within the last seven years
  • Completed Course Registration Form (provided upon acceptance)
  • Payment in full by check or money order made out to Adelphi University

Program Payment

For Adelphi summer term programs, tuition payments are to be made to Adelphi University, do not make any tuition payments to any other institution, program or person.

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

Brian Wygal
Associate Professor
p – 516.877.4111
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Kathryn Krasinski
Assistant Professor
p – 516.877.4938
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