Topic ID #36619 - posted 1/18/2016 8:32 AM

North America - Georgia - Colonial and Native Worlds Archaeology Field School - 2016


University of Georgia's Coastal Archaeology Field School 2016 will take place on Parris Island, South Carolina and Ossabaw Island, Georgia June 1st - July 15th, 2016. 

Come explore the archaeology of Spain's first capital in the U.S. and the Native American Mississippian world in which it was embedded. 

The field school will first travel to Parris Island, South Carolina to work at Santa Elena, Spain's first capital in what is now the United States. Following this, the field school will move its focus to Ossabaw Island, Georgia to excavate Mississippian sites associate with the Guale, one of the known native groups to in teract with the Spanish during the occupation of the South Carolina and Georgia coast. In 1566, Pedro Men√©ndez de Aviles, the newly appointed Adelantado (governor) of La Florida established the colonial capital of Santa Elena. The settlement became a burgeoning Old World town in a New World setting that lasted for over two decades as Spain's northernmost capital. In 1587, the Spanish abandoned Santa Elena and shifted their capital to St. Augustine. This was largely due to the rise of British activities in the Caribbean and attacks by Sir Frances Drake. All these events played out within the Mississippian world of the coastal polities of the Orista and the Guale. 

Students will gain skills in: shovel test survey, block excavations, topographic mapping, shallow geophysical survey such as electrical resistance, magnetic, and ground penetrating radar, research design, laboratory methods, and group research projects just to name a few!
Fun extras: Trips to the beach, learn about the ecology of the islands, local culture, and trips to other historic and archaeological sites. 

Sponsoring College/Institution: University of Georgia, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division

Academic Credit: 12 credit hours (in state), 6 credit hours (out of state) Check with the University of Georgia Registrar's Office for in-state and out-of-state rates.


The application deadline is April 1st, 2016. However, reviewing and accepting applicants will occur immediately.

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For more information please contact: 

Dr. Victor D. Thompson
Associate Professor 
Director, Center for Archaeological Sciences 
Department of Anthropology
250A Baldwin Hall
Jackson St. 
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602-1619
Phone: 706.542.1480
Office Room # 265B


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