Department of History and Anthropology

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 (rveit@monmouth.edu) to discuss archaeological projects or Dr. Bill Mitchell (mitchell@monmouth.edu) to discuss ethnographic projects.


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.

Dates: May 24, 2013 - June 14, 2013

Monmouth University Field School in Archaeology

Professors: Richard Veit and Sean McHugh

Location: Cedar Bridge Tavern, Barnegat, NJ

Project Description: Monmouth University’s archaeological field school will be held at Cedar Bridge Tavern in Stafford Township, New Jersey. We will be investigating the archaeology of a Pine Barrens tavern dating from the late 1700s. The class meets on Saturdays from May 31 to July 5 and runs from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. There are no prerequisites other than an interest in archaeology and history. The course provides a basic introduction to archaeological field methods and is sponsored by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage commission. Come help rediscover a forgotten chapter from New Jersey’s past in a beautiful corner of the state.

Credits: AN/HS 315, and AN/HS 520

Dates:  Summer B May 31-July 5, 2014
Approximate cost: $2300.00


Ethnographic Field Research

Opportunities at Monmouth University

None are available at this time.

External Opportunities

Open School for Ethnography and Anthropology

Project Contact: contact@osea-cite.org

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.

Page Updated: February 27, 2012