Institute for Field Research
97% Rating
(12 Reviews)

Institute for Field Research

The Institute for Field Research (IFR) was created in March 2011 by a group of leading academic archaeologists. Operating as an independent, nonprofit academic organization has allowed us to break down traditional institutional barriers and deliver archaeology field schools to students regardless of the university in which they matriculate. Furthermore, by working with leading scholars from universities across the world, the IFR can deliver a broad range of regional and temporal programs and ensure excellence in research and in teaching. Students are no longer limited to the expertise of faculty members at their home campus; and, faculty can recruit the best students from universities across the world.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Dylan
Male
24 years old
Los Angeles, California
University of California- Los Angeles

The Tunisian Experience

10/10

The Zita Project provided me with an enriched archaeological experience that not only allowed me to explore the unique areas of the site (burial/tophet, forum, and metallurgical zones), but also fulfill my own interests involving the site, whether it be surveying techniques, x-ray florescence, or zooarchaeological methods. Each day I had the pleasure of closely working with the directors and specialists on the project who taught me about their respective sub-disciplines and offered me great career advice in archaeology.

In addition to learning about all the procedures that go into conducting an excavation, the program allowed me to familiarize myself with Tunisian culture. My fellow students and I traveled to different places within Tunisia and Djerba, such La Marsa,Tataouine, and Houmt Souk. All of which involved exploring archaeological sites, their histories, and their place within the modern ethnography of Tunisia. It was always fun to engage in these activities that brought together everyone from the ethnography and archaeology teams.

How can this program be improved?

Its important to consider your health in preparation for the field school because of the arduous tasks involved in the excavation. Thus, always make sure to prepare sufficiently before heading out to the field each morning and get a good amount of rest after returning from the field.
Make sure to drink water at all times!

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Meredith
Female
32 years old
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island

Best thing I have done!

10/10

The time I spent in Peru was the best thing to ever happen to me, truly. I laughed every day and discovered my passion. I went in with no knowing what I wanted out of the experience, but I left fulfilled. The resources for advice was abundant and honest. There were things I got to do that most people can only dream about. I would go back in a heart beat!

How can this program be improved?

Have one week dedicated to a certain topic during lecture time.

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Angus
Male
19 years old
London, England

A fantastic experience

10/10

The field school was better than I could ever have imagined. I learnt so much valuable information and I am grateful to all the tutors there for helping me whenever I needed it. Having had no prior archaeological experince this was a shot in the dark for me, but it paid off. I now know there is an awful lot more to archaeology than just brushing the ground! Day to day we worked from early morning till 2 in the afternoon, followed by cataloging the day's findings and a lecture. This was a brilliant and rewarding experince, and I couldn't have hoped for a better group of people, with whom I very much hope to keep in touch.

How can this program be improved?

Probably would have appreciated a bit of extra sleep now and again...

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Natasha
Female
32 years old
Australia
Macquarie University

An excellent and valuable experience

10/10

This field school was great and would suit someone with early university knowledge. Hands-on application of learned techniques and great companions made it something I'll cherish forever. The program is challenging in terms of work load, requiring early mornings and physical fitness, however personal strengths and limitations were catered for. The atmosphere of this field school was friendly and warm, and we felt safe at all times, despite moderate unrest in the Sinai while we were there. We were well prepared for the examination and personal project and I felt that I definitely left with a lot more knowledge and some great contacts from abroad.

How can this program be improved?

I would allow for hands on work with specialists on a rotational basis.

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Erin
Female
32 years old
Muncie, Indiana
Ball State University

A Summer I'll Never Forget

10/10

The Spike Island archaeological field school was by far one of the best experiences I have ever had! During the excavation, I was engaged in every aspect of the work, learning invaluable skills that I will carry on throughout my career. The supervisors were supportive and challenging, encouraging us as we completed our work. The island and surrounding scenery is beautiful and engaging, I couldn't help but look on in awe some days on my way to the excavation sites. And as far as my fellow students go, I can honestly say I have never been a part of such an amazing group of people before. I have made friends for life that I will carry in my heart, no matter where I go. If you are looking for a one of a kind experience, then I definitely suggest the Spike Island field school.

How can this program be improved?

If I had to change anything in this program, I would honestly make it longer. I seriously could have spent more time learning from these great people, it was tough to go home.

Program Listings

Ireland

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Ireland

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Macedonia

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Bulgaria

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Bulgaria

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Bulgaria

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Bulgaria

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South Africa

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United Kingdom

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Spain

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Israel

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Colombia

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Brazil

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