Topic ID #30399 - posted 12/17/2013 3:37 PM

Philippines- Ifugao Field School





Dates: June 28 - July 31, 2014

Project Description: This field school is a component of the Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP), a multi-year research project at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ifugao.  The Ifugao constructed their Rice Terraces in rugged terrain as high as 2,000 meters above-sea-level for over 400 years. Terrace construction, use, and maintenance suggest complex community management.  However, this aspect of Ifugao subsistence is still poorly understood. Our research is focused on the sustainability of Ifugao irrigated-terrace farming by utilizing the concept of self-organizing systems.  It documents the growth of a self-organizing system by examining the historical development of several terrace systems.  For the 2014 field season, we will deploy landscape archaeology approach to examine historical, ecological, and ethnographic dimensions of Ifugao subsistence.  The field season will be divided into blocks of activities including surface mapping, archaeological excavations, artifact processing, ethnographic interviews and laboratory analyses.


Academic Credits: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College.

Total Cost: $4,850  ; includes tuition, cost of credit units, and room & board.

Accommodations: Students will live in comfortable, but modest, field housing in the Village of Hapao (Hungduan Municipality) and will be provided with hotel lodging while in Manila.  The site of Hapao is located at ca. 1,600 meters above sea level so a period of adjustment to the altitude will be necessary and mandatory.  Conditions at the field house are basic and hot water is not always guaranteed.  Students will likely sleep on bank beds or on mattresses on the floor and will share large communal rooms.   

Meals: All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cousin. The daily diet in Ifugao is heavily based on rice and meat (pork and chicken).  Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are difficult to maintain in this remote location. Vegetarian may attend but will find options fairly limited. 

Travel Information: Field school participants will be met at Manila International Airport (MNL) by project staff on June 28.  We will have pre-excavation orientation as well as lectures on Philippine and Southeast Asian island archaeology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, beginning on June 29. Participants will also visit various Manila museums during the initial days of this field school.  We will travel to Ifugao by bus on the evening of July 1.  We will return to Manila via bus by July 30. 

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director.  Local cell phone numbers and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.

Visa Requirements: Students need to apply for a Business Visa at the closest Philippine Consulate.  Applications may be mailed in.  Students admitted to the program will receive a formal acceptance letter from Dr. Acabedo (detailing activities in the Philippines) that will serve as the primary support document for the application. Forms and application information are available here. For more information about visiting the Philippines, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.

Health: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in Philippines, consult with the Centers for Disease Control website.

Project Directors and Contact Information: Dr. Stephen Acabado, UCLA (


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