The U-M Training Program in Archaeology (ANTHRARC 487) provides students with a unique opportunity to participate in original field research. This year, the Museum offers the first ever traveling field school: students will work for two weeks each at three different sites.
The 2019 UMMAA field school is a six-credit, multi-sited, peripatetic field school in advanced archaeological methods to be held during the summer term. Students will travel first to Kosova to participate in RAPID-K (“Regional Archaeology in the Peja and Istog Districts of Kosova”), a collaborative research project directed by Michael Galaty, Haxhi Mehmetaj (Kosova Institute of Archaeology), and Sylvia Deskaj (University of Michigan). While in Kosova they will be integrated into survey teams and taught methods of intensive regional survey. Students will travel next to North Carolina, where they will excavate with Rob Beck at the Berry Site, location of the Native American village of Joara and Fort San Juan, the first European settlement in the interior of what is now the United States. Finally, students will travel to Michigan, where they will be instructed in the methods of underwater archaeology by Ashley Lemke, who, with John O’Shea, has spent years exploring the archaeology of the Great Lakes. This field school will thereby introduce students to three mainstays of modern archaeological practice: survey, excavation, and underwater.