Field Schools and Research Opportunities


ANT 306, 2011 field school dig, photo by Caz Zyvatkauskas
2011 Archaeological Field Methods (ARH 306Y) students got field work experience right here on the U of T Campus. Photo by Caz Zyvatkauskas



Summer 2018 Social Cultural Field School

Summer 2018 Archaeology Field Schools

Summer 2018 Biological Field School

Summer 2018 Social Cultural Field School

Fully Funded Summer Internship in India

Calling St George Undergraduates in Socio-cultural Anthropology and Asian Studies

Fully Funded Summer Internship in Kerala, India

Professor Tania Li has received funding from the Dean’s Fund for International and Indigenous Initiatives (DFIII) to cover air fare and living costs for 4 students to travel to Kerala, India, for internships at the Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation (CREST). The commitment is for two months, May-June (2 interns) and July-August (2 interns).

For reports from students who took part in the internship in 2015, 2016 and 2017 see

CREST provides skills training for youth in Kerala who suffer from stigma and social exclusion based on their caste and tribal identities. CREST works with high school students seeking application to universities, who need guidance and preparation for entrance exams. It also works with trainees who have graduated from state universities, yet face discrimination when they seek jobs in the private sector, especially prestigious jobs in multinationals. During a 4-month residential program at CREST, these graduate trainees improve their conversational English, upgrade academic and computer skills, and learn how to present themselves with confidence and polish so they can compete with job applicants from more privileged backgrounds. For more information see

The role of the U of T student-interns is to assist CREST staff by coaching and mentoring high school students and graduate trainees individually, and by organizing creative and fun group activities to develop confidence and overcome cultural barriers to communication. The academic objective is to learn about social exclusion in India through direct exchanges and discussions with trainees and staff in both formal, classroom settings and through informal interactions (playing badminton, sharing accommodation in the trainee dorm, going with trainees or staff to visit their families on weekends or short breaks).  Selected interns may receive academic credit, or participate on a non-credit basis. While in Kerala, interns will work under the supervision of CREST staff; they will submit academic reports to Professor Li, and contribute blog posts for the Ethnography Lab website.

Preference will be given to students who will have completed at least 13 credits by April 2018. You may be excluded if you have previously received Arts and Science Faculty funds for travel abroad. The funding is restricted to St George students.

The Call for Applications has been extended to Friday, February 23 by 12:00 pm

  • Your application must include name, student number, email address, screen-shot of your u of t transcript to date, and a 300-word statement on what you think you can contribute to the internship, and what you expect to gain from it.
  • Short-listed applicants will be notified on Monday, February 26 by 2:00 pm
  • Interviews will be on Tuesday February 27 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in AP 330
  • Students will be notified about provisional acceptance on Thursday March 1, with confirmation by DFIII by Wednesday March 7.
  • Send applications to the internship coordinator to both and

Summer Abroad

ANT396Y – Italy

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Summer 2018 Archaeology Field Schools

399 Research Excursion Program

Students must be St. George Campus, Arts & Science, degree student who have completed at least 9 full course equivalents, but no more than 16, by May 2018.   Students participate in faculty research and pay only the cost of course enrollment.

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Summer Abroad Program

NMC261Y – Georgia

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ARH 361Y/H: Archaeological Fieldwork

This course was created to enable students to receive credit for participation in fieldwork on projects not offered through an accredited institution.  You need a faculty advisor.  The faculty adviser will assign written work that is required to receive credit and will provide a grade based on this work.  For questions about ARH 361, you may contact Josie Alaimo in the Anthropology Department but you must find your faculty adviser.  Note that this is an ARH course so the adviser can come from any relevant department (i.e., Art, Classics, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations).

The process for receiving approval is outlined at

ARH306Y1F Archaeological Field Methods

*****Please note that that information about ARH306Y1F is from Summer 2017 but we will offer this course for the Summer 2018 session. Dates will be different.

Text: Thomas Hester, H. Shafer and K. Feder (2008). Field Methods in Archaeology, 7th ed. Left Coast Press.

This course provides training in the methods used in archaeological survey, site mapping and laying out of excavations, use of total stations, theodolites, and GPS, excavation, stratigraphy, square mapping, and stratigraphic recording, along with a sampling of other skills and methods, such as digital field photography, conservation, augering, and remote sensing.

NOTE: You will be expected to complete the online quiz by May 13, and field work will begin on May 22. Consequently, you should buy the text and read it in the first week of May.

Course Fee, Equipment & Supplies: In addition to regular tuition, there will be a small fee ($25) to cover the cost of supplies you will use. This fee will be charged through ROSI in addition to the tuition. Before the course starts, you should buy yourself a good surveyor’s notebook (like a Rite in the Rain,, with graph paper on the right and lined paper on the left of facing pages. We also recommend that you equip yourself with suitable and rugged field clothes, which are available from stores that sell work clothes, and also the following:

  • A good mason’s trowel (e.g., Marshalltown, 6 inches or less), with forged, not welded-on handle (not a garden trowel-you will get a mason’s trowel from a hardware store)
    • A small backpack or tool bag
    • 5m measuring tape (retractable, metal) with metric units or both metric and imperial units
    • A bubble level that you can suspend from a string
    • At least one paint brush (including one about 2 in wide)
    • A small dust pan (preferably with accompanying brush)
    • Small scissors or gardeners’ clippers
    • A surveyors’ notebook (graph paper on left, columns on right, we’ll recommend some)
    • A clipboard (preferably with cover)
    • A couple of large Ziplocs to keep documents clean and dry in rain
    • Sun hat, work gloves, sun screen
    • A calculator capable of doing square roots, sins, tangents, cosines
    • At home you’ll need a protractor and metric ruler (preferably an architects’ rule,
    with several scales on it, e.g., 1:20, 1:25)
    • Small tools such as sculptors’ palette knives, or dental picks, for
    detailed excavation around delicate objects, are sometimes handy but these aren’t essential
    • Bring any health-related things you require (doesn’t hurt to have basic first-aid stuff, especially bandages)

Let us know if you have any difficulty in equipping yourself as we may be able to help.

Time and Course Structure: The course is designed to be short and intensive, with approximately 10 full days devoted mainly to fieldwork, and a short preparatory period in the first week of May during which (if not before) students will be expected to have read the text in its entirety. Before fieldwork begins, there will be a short open-book online test (May 15-19) to ensure that students have covered the basics that they will need to prepare themselves for the remainder of the course.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the first actual class will take place on 22 May 2017 and lectures and field work will continue until at least June 9, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. A final online quiz will take place the third week of June. During the field/class period, we may have to be a bit flexible about the exact schedule to work around bad weather, but generally the course will go rain or shine. It is extremely important to participate fully in all the lectures and fieldwork, to carry out take-home exercises, and to read the text and supplementary material.

We start with mapping and survey and then move on to excavation. You will have mapping and stratigraphy assignments due during or shortly after excavation ends (about 9 June) but the other assignments will be due after the fieldwork is over.

Anticipated Course Content: The course will include some in-class lectures to go over information students will need to know to do the fieldwork and to cover topics not emphasized in the text or to add Canadian content. The bulk of the course, however, will be devoted to a variety of field exercises. It is anticipated that this will include survey, topographic mapping, augering, test-pitting, and excavation, screening, drawing, field conservation, field sampling, and photography on King’s College Circle.

As indicated above, the goal is to teach fieldwork skills and knowledge that would be useful on prehistoric and historic sites, and in both academic fieldwork and the heritage industry, and not primarily to recover “real” archaeological data about these sites. However, students will nonetheless record the sediments, stratigraphic sequences, and any artifacts they encounter just as they would on an archaeological research or heritage management project. In addition, although the campus is an urban and therefore rather disturbed landscape, it also has a long history, so there is a substantial probability of encountering artifacts or deposits of the early 20th, or even the 19th century.

On-site Behaviour and Health and Safety: It is imperative for everyone participating in the fieldwork to respect the site, the rules and the university, and instructors and other students. The university Code of Student Conduct and Policy on Sexual Harassment applies to the field activities. There will be basic First Aid supplies on site, but you are responsible to bring any particular medications or other health-related supplies you need and to inform the course instructors if you have any relevant health issues (e.g., allergies to bee stings). If, during fieldwork, you have any questions about the safe operation of equipment or safe excavation methods, do not hesitate to ask an instructor or T A. Instruction in field safety will be one aspect of the course.

You will receive additional information about site safety at the first class.

Assignments and Evaluation: As mentioned above, there will be a short, online, open book quiz to take place prior to the fieldwork. Although we will finalize the evaluation scheme at our first class, the proposed one is as follows:

Preparatory online quiz: 10% – complete by midnight, 19 May
Survey log and topographic map: 25% – due June 2
Stratigraphy and Harris matrix: 10% – due 9 June
Final online quiz: 10% – by 16 June
Excavation notebook and report: 30% – due 23 June
Participation and field skills: 15%

Summer 2018 Biological Field School

ANT 330Y1F Paleoanthropology Field School – Prof David Begun

Summer 2018

Dates – June 2 to June 23, 2018

Application Process:
First, submit a brief, one page explanation of your reasons for wanting to excavate at Rudabanya to Prof David Begun (e-mail address: Include your year of study, email address and phone number.

If Prof Begun approves your request, you must fill out the application form and submit it along with your deposit ($500) to Josie Alaimo, the Undergraduate Administrator in Anthropology.

Fees – you must pay all of the fees listed below

  1. $2500 (paid to the Anthropology department)

The $2500 fee paid to the department covers all room and board expenses in Hungary as well as travel within Hungary.

  1. Travel and Health Insurance – Students are responsible for their own travel to Budapest and must purchase international health insurance. Prices range from about $1100 to $1700 and it is worth checking a number of travel sites.
  2. Tuition – more information about tuition will be posted on the Faculty of Arts and Science website.   You can also consult your College Registrar about this.


As soon as you are accepted – Application must be submitted along with a deposit of $500 (cheque is payable to “University of Toronto”).

Thursday, March 1, 2018 – The remainder of the fee must be submitted ($2000, cheque is payable to “University of Toronto”) along with the waiver form (waiver forms can be obtained from the Undergraduate Administrator, Josie Alaimo)

Application Form

Please submit the application form and cheques to Josie Alaimo, Room 258, 19 Russell Street, Anthropology Building

For further information on this field school, please visit this website:

Swenson Field School, Peru 2012
Prof. Ed Swenson and students who participated in his 2012 399 Field Course in Peru, at the temple of Huaca de la Luna, site of Moche in Northern Peru (near Trujillo).