Antigua: Betty's Hope Archaeological Field School
Betty’s Hope Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Field School:
Antigua, Summer Program
Project Director: Dr. Georgia Fox
Academic Credit: Academic credit is optional. See below for details.
About Betty’s Hope:
Betty’s Hope will be in its tenth year in 2016. The summer 2015 trip was an exciting one, as we combined joint excavations at two separate but closely-related locations: a slave village at Betty’s Hope Plantation, and bioarchaeological excavations at a nearby 18th-century burial ground for British sailors. Students had a full excavation experience working at one or both sites, learning current methodologies for field excavation at Betty’s Hope and bioarchaeology at the nearby beach site.
We welcome students from all colleges and universities to apply for the program. No experience is necessary; we take majors from all disciplines, undergraduates, non-matriculating, and graduate students. For additional information, applicants are encouraged to watch the BBC 4 broadcast on You Tube: Nelson’s Hell Hole:
• 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.
Fees field school include 29 days of lodging, 3 meals each day, ground transportation in Antigua, a course reader, field notebook, and project t-shirt. Personal expenses and airfare are additional.
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.
Application & Deadline Information
Travel dates, program fees, and application deadlines will be announced in early 2016. If you would like additional information or are interested in participating in our 2016 program, please contact the Project Director, Dr. Georgia Fox.
Dr. Georgia Fox
Department of Anthropology, CSU Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0400