Topic ID #30404 - posted 12/17/2013 3:41 PM

Uganda- Ntusi Field School




Dates: June 21 - July 26, 2014

Project Description: Ntusi is a site covering an area of more than 100 hectares, situated in the grasslands of south western Uganda.  Occupied throughout the first half of the second millennium CE, Ntusi is the earliest archaeological site in the Great Lakes region of Africa demonstrating the development of centralized societies. The 2014 field school will seek to test current interpretations of the site by conducting excavation in new areas, applying new analytical techniques and exploring Ntusi’s relationship with its immediate hinterland. The main research focus will be on the northeast part of the site, which will establish the organization of space, the economic base and the date of occupation of the location. In addition to excavation, students will be involved in the recovery of palaeobotanical remains and the processing and recording of abundant assemblages of pottery and animal bone. A limited amount of field survey will be undertaken to identify sites for future investigation.  Students will visit various local natural and cultural locations – such as papyrus swamps and cattle enclosures – to consider their significance in understanding the past. 


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

Total Cost: $5,050; includes tuition, cost of credit units, and room & board.

Accommodations: The entire stay at Ntusi will involve camping and you will need to bring a tent and sleeping bag.  A shower and toilet block will be constructed at the campsite prior to your arrival. Remote though the location may be and basic as the camp will be, there is a good WiFi and mobile telephone signal allowing students to keep in touch with the outside world.  The camp is also frequented by a dazzling array of bird life, from fabulous sunbirds to majestic crested cranes.

Meals: All meals will be communal and will make the most of local produce including bananas, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, pineapples, peanuts, mangos, water melons, jackfruit, finger millet, peas, beans, papayas, beef and fish.  This field school can cater for vegetarians and have catered for vegans and gluten-intolerants in the past.  However, you MUST contact the field school director prior to application to explore the possibility of accommodating specific dietary needs.

Travel Information: Students will arrive by air at Entebbe airport (EBB) and will be met by project staff members or by trusted taxi drivers on Saturday, June 21. 

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: Ugandan immigration policies may change without notice. US citizens should pay close attention to the validity of their visa or special pass to avoid fines or travel interruptions.  A passport valid for six months beyond the date of entry, visa and evidence of yellow fever vaccination are required. Visas are available at Entebbe Airport upon arrival or may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda. It is recommended that travelers obtain visas to Uganda in advance of travel, in particular those travelers who will arrive via land, in order to avoid serious delays. If you plan to obtain your visa upon landing at Entebbe Airport, you should confirm in advance that your airline will allow you to board without a visa. The current fee for a three-month tourist visa obtained upon arrival at Entebbe Airport is $50.00.  For more information, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.

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

Project Directors and Contact Information: Dr. Andrew Reid, University College London (


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