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    Field Research Opportunities

    Field research is an integral part to both historical and anthropological research. This includes ethnographic fieldwork, archaeological investigations, and documentary research. The following links include field research opportunities for Monmouth University students. These opportunities include Monmouth-sponsored field schools as well as external opportunities. If you are interested in opportunities offered by Monmouth University, contact the individuals listed below. If you are interested in participating in opportunities offered by other institutions, please contact Dr. Rich Veit or your advisor.

    Archaeological Field Research

    Opportunities at Monmouth University

    Historical Archaeology Field School on Nevis, West Indies

    Project Director: Dr. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant

    Project Description: Settled in the late 1620s, Nevis is home to some of the earliest English settlements and fortifications in the Caribbean. This year's field work will investigate the site of Charles Fort, the largest and best preserved fort in Nevis. The fort is located .5 miles from Charlestown, capital of Nevis, and was constructed in the early 1600s and remained in use until at least the 1870s. This year's field school represents the first archaeological investigations of this intriguing site and its 250-year history. Our work this summer will provide a unique perspective on the colonial history of the Eastern Caribbean.

    Monmouth University Field School in Archaeology

    Professors: Richard Veit and Sean McHugh

    Location: Turkey Swamp

    Project Description: Monmouth University's 2015 archaeological field school will be held at one of the Northeast's preeminent archaeological sites, Turkey Swamp, in Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Previous excavations at the site unearthed artifacts covering the entire span of prehistoric occupation in the eastern United States from the Paleo-Indian through the Contact Period. Our work will focus on re-identifying the site of earlier excavations and exploring several new sites within the park. Students will learn archaeological field and lab methods and be introduced to current debates on regional prehistory through lectures and activities.

    For more information contact Dr. Richard Veit or 732-263-5699 or apply directly through the website.

    Credits: AN/HS 315 or AN 590

    Dates: Summer B Saturdays, May 30-June 27, 2015 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

    Ethnographic Field Research

    Opportunities at Monmouth University

    None are available at this time.

    External Opportunities

    Open School for Ethnography and Anthropology

    Project Contact:

    Project Description: OSEA Field School Programs are based in Pisté and Maya communities surrounding Chichén Itzá, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

    Rutgers University International Service Learning Program

    Project Contact: Dr. Daniel M. Goldstein

    Project Description: Students will work directly with local communities to develop water and sanitation projects for their communities while studying and practicing anthropological research methods in the home of the Water War - Cochabamba, Bolivia.

    University of Arizona in Antigua, Guatemala

    Project Contact: Dr. Jill Calderon

    Project Description: At the Center for Mesoamerican Research (CIRMA) in Antigua, Guatemala, you can learn an indigenous language, study the history of Central American Revolutions from those who lived through them and create your own for-credit internship. From their rooftop classroom you'll get an amazing view of the volcanoes that surround this beautiful colonial city.

    Social Sciences Field School in Bolivia

    Project Contact: Dr. Kate McGurn Centellas

    Project Description: This is a six-week program in La Paz, Bolivia, offering two integrated courses: (1) politics and culture of the Andes and (2) multidisciplinary social science methods. The field school nature of this course will be emphasized as the curriculum is integrated and predicated on active, experiential learning in multiple sites in La Paz. For instance, while discussing the social impact of the 1952 Revolution in the first course, we will visit the National Archives to search for relevant documents as well as seek out Bolivians for oral histories as assignments in the second course.