Topic ID #34318 - posted 12/22/2014 2:11 AM

University of Georgia Archaeological Field School 2015

Jennifer Palmer


University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Archaeological Project- Sapelo Island and Ossabaw Island Archaeological Field School 2015


University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Archaeological Project field school 2015 will take place on the Georgia Atlantic Coast on Sapelo Island and Ossabaw Island. Our research on Sapelo Island and Ossabaw Island is part of a broader project funded by the National Science Foundation that is geared as understanding long-term coupled socio-ecological systems. The focus of our research is tracking long-term human-environmental dynamics from sites occupied during almost every major archaeological period beginning with the Late Archaic (2200 to 1100 BC) up to the present. We will be excavating both historic and prehistoric components during the duration of the research project.

Therefore, students will be exposed to a wide range of archaeological features and techniques.Students will learn about research design and implementation, basic archaeological field methods,laboratory methods, topographic mapping, shallow geophysical survey such as electrical resistance, magnetic, and ground penetrating radar, and the archaeology of the Southeastern United States. Fun extras: Beach, beach, and more beach! Students will learn about the ecology of the Georgia Barrier Islands and local Gullah-Geechee culture through trips to other historic and archaeological sites and exploration trips to other islands. As the islands are remote (accessible by ferry (Sapelo) and private boat (Ossabaw) only) it will be difficult for students to leave the island during the week. However, arrangements for weekend off-island trips are available.

Once on the island, students will participate in communal style living with shared meals and duties. While on Sapelo Island, students will stay in ABAC Shack in dorm style house with bunk beds. On Ossabaw Island, students will live dorm style rooms with bunk beds in the Clubhouse, a pre-fabricated home built in the 1880s or 1890s. There are in-house kitchen,bathrooms, and showers on both of the islands. There are no grocery stores, gas stations, laundromats, etc. on the islands. All of our supplies will be obtained on weekend grocery trips to the mainland. Students will be subject to all of the elements normally encountered on field projects- weather, bugs, hard work and long days, animals, living in a communal setting, etc. All housing and transport to and from the island from the mainland will be made available to students. However, as the island is remote, students will not be able to leave the island during the week. Flights and car travel costs to the island access point on the mainland will be the student's responsibility. Students will also be responsible for personal field kits (e.g., backpack, sunscreen, etc.). A list for all field kit equipment will be provided upon acceptance (note: equipment for personal field kits usually costs around $100 total). More details about field equipment will be provided if you are accepted into a field school.There will be an additional fee of $40 per week for food. There will be an additional fee of $40 per week for food.

On Sapelo Island, students will participate in a shovel test survey on Kenan Field, a multi-component site occupied from the Late Archaic (4200 years ago) to AD 1700. On Ossabaw Island, students will be working at two sites- South End and Buckhead. The South End site  contains archaeological midden deposits dating from Archaic up to plantation period components. Primary objectives on this site will be to document and record features that are actively eroding into the creek bank. On Buckhead, students will be excavating public and domestic architecture associated with a Late Mississippian village as well as plantation period components.

12 Credit Hours for in state and 6 Credit Hours for out of state tuition. Check with the University of Georgia registrar for more information on in state and out of state tuition rates.Anth 4200/4240; 6200/6240: Field school in Archaeology.

The application deadline is April 1st 2015. I will, however, begin reviewing and accepting applicants immediately.

Please contact Dr. Victor D. Thompson at or 706-542-1480 for application and more information.

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