The anthropology department offers a hands-on archaeological field school each summer in which students gain real-world experience while earning credit hours.

Colonial and Native Worlds • 2020

Colonial and Native Worlds Field School 

The Colonial and Native Worlds field school, under the direction of Victor Thompson, gives students the opportunity to work on a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. This field school will take place on the Georgia Atlantic Coast on Ossabaw Island, which is about 4.5 hours by car from Athens. See for more information on the island. The field school will be focused primarily on one site—South End (9CH155). The South End site contains archaeological midden deposits dating from the Archaic (4,000 years ago) up to the plantation period. Primary objectives on this site will be to fully delineate the boundaries of the site and record features that are actively eroding into the creek. Access to Ossabaw Island is by boat only.  There are no grocery stores, gas stations, laundromats, etc. on the islands. All housing and transport to and from the island from the mainland will be made available to students. However, as the island is remote, students will not be able to leave the island during the week (and only on select weekends). For more information, contact Professor Victor Thompson ( Also, visit the Georgia Archaeology Field School Facebook page for fun photos from previous archaeology field schools.

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  • Lodging:  Once on the island, students will participate in communal style living (rooms with bunk beds) with shared meals and duties in the Clubhouse. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are located in the same building.

  • Field School Goals: Students will learn about research design and implementation, basic archaeological field methods,  shovel test survey, block excavations, shallow geophysical survey such as electrical resistance, magnetic, and ground penetrating radar, topographic mapping as well as laboratory methods-artifact processing and identification and public archaeology

  • Fun Extras:  Beach trips, trips to other historic and archaeological sites and learning about the local culture and ecology of the Georgia Barrier Islands,

  • Tuition  and Costs:  Tuition - 12 Credit Hours (in-state), 6 Credit Hours (out-of-state). Check with the University of Georgia Registrar’s office for in-state and out-of-state rates.

    • There will be an additional fee of $40 per week for food. 

2020 Native and Colonial Worlds Information.

This UGA field school posts site updates, student work, and program information on the Georgia Archaeological Field Schools Facebook page, a collaborative effort between archaeology field schools at different universities throughout Georgia