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Antigua Archaeological Field School Summer Program

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Antigua ~ Indian Creek Archaeological Field School
Summer Program: June 24-July 22

Faculty: Dr. Georgia Fox [ Bio ]

Academic Credit: Earn 4 units of academic credit [ Course ]

About the Program:

The Antigua Summer Field School will celebrate its eleventh year in 2017, offering a rich experience in excavations and utilizing scientific methodologies. Participants learn about the lifestyles of hunter-gatherer communities that existed in the area about 2,000 years ago. You will learn mapping, surveying, and field conservation techniques along with proper excavation methods. Part of the field school area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This class also allows time for rainforest tours, field trips, and other activities which will help you become familiar with Antiguan culture.

Students from all colleges and universities are welcome to apply for the program. No experience is necessary; we take majors from all disciplines, undergraduates, non-matriculating, and graduate students.

Students Learn:

•    How to set up and properly record excavation units and features.
•    Use of a total station to take elevations, mapping, and surveying.
•    Drawing features and profiles, and understanding the basic principles of stratigraphy.
•    Field methodology and excavation techniques.
•    Processing and cataloguing artifacts
•    Creating accurate and professional field notes.
•    Learning current practices in bioarchaeology.
•    Developing familiarity and knowledge of Antiguan and Caribbean archaeology.


• Program Fees: $4,475, payable to CSU, Chico. Includes lodging, local transportation, insurance, lodging, all meals, course reader, field notebook, and project t-shirt. Personal expenses and airfare are additional, and estimated at $800.

◊ Application & $500 deposit due April 12
◊ $3,975 balance due May 1

• Course Fees (Optional): $240, payable to CSU, Chico (4 units x $60/unit)

Academic Credit

Participants in the non-credit field school may opt to earn four units of academic credit by enrolling in ANTH 280 Field Archaeology, ANTH 380 Field Archaeology, or ANTH 480 Advanced Field Archaeology for an additional fee of $240.

Earn four units of academic credit (optional) by enrolling in one of the following classes:

ANTH 380: Field Archaeology [ Details & Registration ]
ANTH 480: Advanced Field Archaeology [ Details & Registration ]

[ Course Syllabus ]

Program Faculty

Dr. Georgia Fox, Professor (Anthropology, CSU, Chico), completed her doctoral work in anthropology at Texas A&M University (1998), with an emphasis in archaeology. Her dissertation focused on the clay tobacco smoking  pipe collection from Port Royal, Jamaica, demonstrating how a body of artifacts, like clay pipes, can reflect major socioeconomic changes in 17th English culture and society. Since 2004, she has concentrated on historical archaeological research on Antigua, most specifically at the Betty’s Hope Plantation, where she has been conducting terrestrial excavations and a summer field school since 2007. She is currently working on a book that deals with issues of British colonialism in relation to world systems theory and the environmental devastation caused by the sugar plantocracy, using Betty’s Hope as her case study.

Antigua Map

If you would like to know more about the trip or the courses, contact Dr. Georgia Fox at or 530.898.5583.