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Department of History and Anthropology

Field Research Opportunities

Field research is an integral part to both historical and anthropological research. This includes ethnographic fieldwork, archaeological investigations, and documentary research. The following links include field research opportunities for Monmouth University students. These opportunities include Monmouth-sponsored field schools as well as external opportunities. If you are interested in opportunities offered by Monmouth University, contact the individuals listed below. If you are interested in participating in opportunities offered by other institutions, please contact Dr. Rich Veit or your advisor.

Opportunities at Monmouth University

Sandy Hook lighthouse

Archaeological Field Research

Monmouth University Field School in Archaeology

Archaeological Field School

Professor: Richard Veit

Location: Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Project Description: Monmouth University’s annual summer archaeological field school will be held at the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in Gateway National Recreation Area. Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest active lighthouse in the United States. We will be surveying and excavating the lighthouse tract looking for archaeological deposits associated with the Revolutionary War occupation of Sandy Hook by British troops and American Loyalists. Participants will be introduced to archaeological surveying, excavation, and laboratory techniques. This project is a cooperative venture with the National Park Service.

For more information contact Dr. Richard Veit or 732-263-5699, or apply directly through the web site.

Credits: Undergraduate AN/HS 398, Graduate AN/HS 520 (3 credits)

Dates: Summer B May 28 - July 2, 2016 (Six Saturdays) (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

International Archaeology Class

People and Cultures of the Caribbean: Study Trip to Jamaica

Professor: Richard Veit

Location: Jamaica

Project Description: People and Cultures of the Caribbean (Jamaica) offers the opportunity to explore Caribbean history and archaeology firsthand. Students travel to Falmouth, Jamaica, one of the Caribbean’s best preserved Georgian towns and participate in archaeological excavations and documentation at the Orange Valley Slave hospital. Other significant historic sites visited include Stewart Castle, Port Royal, and sugar and coffee plantations. Students will gain an enriched understanding of the history and archaeology of the Caribbean.

For more information contact Dr. Richard Veit or 732-263-5699

Cost: Tuition + $1,500 Fee for Room, Board, and In-Country Transportation

Dates: Summer Session A, May 13 - 20, 2016 (3 credits)

Ethnographic Field Research

None are available at this time.

External Opportunities

National Assoc of Practicing Anthropologists - Field Schools list

Open School for Ethnography and Anthropology

Project Contact:

Project Description: OSEA Field School Programs are based in Pisté and Maya communities surrounding Chichén Itzá, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Rutgers University International Service Learning Program

Project Contact: Dr. Daniel M. Goldstein

Project Description: Students will work directly with local communities to develop water and sanitation projects for their communities while studying and practicing anthropological research methods in the home of the Water War - Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Social Sciences Field School in Bolivia

Project Contact: Dr. Kate McGurn Centellas

Project Description: This is a six-week program in La Paz, Bolivia, offering two integrated courses: (1) politics and culture of the Andes and (2) multidisciplinary social science methods. The field school nature of this course will be emphasized as the curriculum is integrated and predicated on active, experiential learning in multiple sites in La Paz. For instance, while discussing the social impact of the 1952 Revolution in the first course, we will visit the National Archives to search for relevant documents as well as seek out Bolivians for oral histories as assignments in the second course.

University of Arizona in Antigua, Guatemala

Project Contact: Dr. Jill Calderon

Project Description: At the Center for Mesoamerican Research (CIRMA) in Antigua, Guatemala, you can learn an indigenous language, study the history of Central American Revolutions from those who lived through them and create your own for-credit internship. From their rooftop classroom you'll get an amazing view of the volcanoes that surround this beautiful colonial city