GW Archaeology Field Opportunities

  • Historical archaeology: The Field School in Public and Historical Archaeology, conducted in collaboration with Alexandria Archaeology, provides training in field and laboratory methods in suburban Virginia every May. The GW director is Prof. Pamela Cressey.
  • Paleolithic archaeology: Kenya: By agreement with the National Museums of Kenya, in 2012 GW acquired the Koobi Fora Field School, one of the world’s premier international paleoanthropology training operations.  The 2017 program runs June 10 to July 22; for more information, click here. The GW director is Prof. David Braun.
  • Israel: Our field schools in Israel, conducted in collaboration with Israeli universities, enable students to do summer archaeological work, primarily at Bronze Age and Iron Age levels of the sites of Megiddo (even-numbered summers) and Tel Kabri (odd-numbered summers). The GW director is Prof. Eric Cline.
  • Jordan: Prof. Andrew Smith II of the Dept. of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations excavates at Bir Madkhur, a site near Petra with a Nabataean/Roman/Byzantine fortress.
  • Mexico: During most summers, there are opportunities to do pre-Columbian archaeology in Oaxaca, Mexico, under the guidance of Prof. Jeffrey Blomster.
  • Ireland: Prof. Susan Johnston conducts research at a major Iron Age site in Ireland during some summers.
  • Maritime archaeology: As an adjunct to the Slave Wrecks Project, we offer instruction in maritime archaeology and diving in Florida during some years. The GW director is Prof. Stephen Lubkemann.

For more information on fieldwork opportunities, contact Prof. Jeffrey Blomster or Eric Cline.  Literature on various programs is available at the Anthropology Department office.

Overhead view of the "English china" wreck excavated in Florida by a GW-National Park Service team. Photo by Justine Benanty of the Slave Wrecks Project.

Capitol Archaeological Institute

Since 2010, the GW Capitol Archaeological Institute has worked to “preserve, facilitate, and promote cultural heritage” around the world. Headed by Eric Cline of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Institute draws on the expertise of archaeologists from GW and elsewhere.  Among other projects, it works with the International Coalition to Protect Egyptian Antiquities.