Get started in archaeology
If you are an anthropology student or graduate, or an Indigenous community member interested in working on cultural resource management projects within your traditional territory, this intensive program will teach you respectful and accurate survey skills you will need to participate as a field assistant on contract archaeology projects.
What to expect
The Archaeological Field Assistant program is offered every May. The program is four weekends and three evenings long, starting the first week with a Thursday evening introductory session. You'll learn through on-campus labs and lectures, and also hear from guest speakers including archaeologists and Indigenous elders. You'll get outside for multiple field trips as well as participation in a local applied field project.
Field components of this program are physically demanding. You should be physically fit, be able to perform routine archaeological duties, and be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Appropriate footwear and rain gear is necessary, and you will need to purchase a basic toolkit specified by the instructor. Full participation every day of the program is a requirement.
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