While IPCAA students are not required to gain fieldwork experience in order to earn their degree, in practice almost all students spend time in the field. The nature of this experience varies considerably, however, depending on the student and her/his specific interests. ‘Fieldwork’ in this context covers a wide range of methodologies and techniques, including excavation, regional survey, artifact analysis, and the restudy of material from previous projects. IPCAA encourages students to acquire a range of experience, and to undertake projects appropriate to their research interests. Some financial support for fieldwork expenses (especially travel) are available from both IPCAA and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Click here to go to the museum's fieldwork page.
- Learn more about the possibilities of summer support from IPCAA
- Learn more about the possibilities of research support from Rackham
Many IPCAA students become engaged, and gain valuable experience, with archaeological fieldwork sponsored directly by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, which has a long history of activity in many parts of the Mediterranean. Currently active field projects involving IPCAA students include survey work at Notion (under the direction of Christopher Ratté); a major excavation of Gabii near Rome (under the direction of Nicola Terrenato); an excavation and field survey at Olynthos in northern Greece (a project directed by Lisa Nevett); a field project at El Kurru in northern Sudan (under the direction of Geoff Emberling), and the exploration and excavation of the Middle Kingdom cemetery at Abydos in Egypt (under the direction of Janet Richards).