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 2020 Social Cultural Field School

Summer 2020 Archaeology Field Schools

Summer 2020 Evolutionary Anthropology Field School

Summer 2020 Social Cultural Field School

Summer Abroad

ANT395Y – Spain

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ANT396Y – Italy

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Summer 2020 Archaeology Field Schools

399 Research Excursion Program

The Research Excursions Program provides an opportunity for Arts & Science degree students (St. George) beginning their third year (i.e., after completing at least 9 but not more than 16 credits) to participate in a practical or experiential activity under the supervision of a faculty member.

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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).

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ARH306Y1F Archaeological Field Methods

NOTE: The information and dates below are from Summer 2019. As soon as information becomes available, we will update this page with dates and information for the Summer 2020 session.

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. The course is designed to be short and intensive, with approximately 15 full days devoted mainly to fieldwork, and a short preparatory period in the first week. Before fieldwork begins, there will be an open-book online test to ensure that students have covered the basics that they will need to prepare themselves for the remainder of the course. 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. 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.

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.

Preliminary Schedule Summer 2019

June 1-2 On-line Quiz – due June 2, midnight

June 3 – am Classroom Lecture 1 Introduction, Class mechanics, Health and Safety, Mapping

Instruction on use of Levels and Stadia for Mapping (Garden west of Class)

pm Begin mapping  – LRMS (campus)

June 4, 5, 6, – Mapping at LRMS

June 7 – am Complete Mapping

pm tutorial in classroom

June 10 – No class (work on maps)

June 11 – am Classroom Lecture 2 Laying in the Grid, excavation and record keeping Maps Due

pm Lay in Grid, begin excavation, shovel tests – Location TBA

June 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20– Excavation

June 21 – am Classroom Lecture 3 Stratigraphic Profile and Harris Matrix

pm Complete excavation,  profiles

June 24 – hand in scan of field notebooks, backfill, submit Harris Matrix and Profile

June 25, 26, 27 – extra days for rain, artifact study, profiles, etc

June 28 – Final on-line quiz opens, due June 30 at noon

July 6 – Final report due as a scanned document

Summer 2020 Evolutionary Anthropology Field School

ANT 330Y1F Paleoanthropology Field School – Prof David Begun  

Tentative Dates – June 3 to June 24, 2020

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.


Monday, March 30, 2020 – Application must be submitted along with a deposit of $500 (cheque is payable to “University of Toronto”).

Friday, May 15, 2020 – 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

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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).