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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.

Headquarters

2999 Overland Ave. #103
Los Angeles, CA 90064
United States

Reviews

Ashleigh
10/10

This program is simultaneously academically rigorous and a ball of fun. There is so much to learn, see, and experience for students who want to fully immerse themselves in new countries. It's best place I've found to be academically challenged, culturally engaged, and constantly inspired! Truly an immersive experience, the Peru-Sondor field school is a great way be exposed to totally different ways of life and learn to think outside of one's "home bubble."

I left feeling so encouraged and motivated and look forward to visiting Peru again!

Yes, I recommend
Jack
9/10

Penycloddiau prepared me in every conceivable aspect for future work and research in archaeology. My undergraduate archaeology classes now cover familiar ground, and I can safely say I am well versed in archaeological field methods. I attended field school to determine whether archaeology is a good career for me. Penycloddia allowed me to answer that question with a definiitive yes. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed myself during the program. I made a great deal of friends, and the new location of the field school allowed for some truly memorable cultural immersion.

How can this program be improved?
The scheduling could be more rigorous and definitive.
Yes, I recommend
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Sally
9/10

I had such a wonderful experience at Ribchester last summer. I'm actually back in the UK this term for a semester abroad, and I feel like field school last summer has definitely added so much depth to my courses both here and back in the states. I mean that mainly in the sense that I have a much greater understanding of how classroom archaeology/history/etc. applies in the real world and vice versa, and that it gave me a glimpse into the UK education system which has helped me adjust to classes this semester--and gave me an itch to get back into the field again. I would definitely recommend Ribchester to anyone interested in archaeology or classics or transitional periods in general, since part of what I found most fascinating was being able to see the interactions between roman and local identities in the late Roman period. Only thing to know going in is that you do live in a tent for a month, which I really enjoyed but isn't for everyone.

Yes, I recommend
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winston
10/10

I attended the Appolonia Pontica field school in Sozopol, Bulgaria the summer of 2017. This was by far the most valuable decision of my academic and professional career, as there was much insight given in all corners of the archaeological process. The city of Sozopol is a beautiful seaside resort location, and a large amount of time was allowed to explore the city. The archaeological record is very relevant to the city, and every corner holds a piece of history that ties into what the field school taught me. Digging during the day and a lecture after a break period gave the perfect opportunity to indulge into the past and present culture, as well as several workshops and excursions to surrounding cities. The only downside to the experience as a whole is that my time spent in Sozopol became very captivating and made me forget sometimes that I was earning academic credit for my experience (only joking)!

Yes, I recommend
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Lauren
10/10

The Cova Gran field school was an amazing experience for me. I learned a great deal about excavation and artifact analysis, to an extent that is impossible to achieve in a classroom. Overall, the atmosphere of the program and the people involved were very welcoming, which definitely contributed to the teams daily morale and fostered a desire to work hard and pursue knowledge throughout the programs duration. It was great to be a part of such a proficient project, where teamwork plays a vital role and methodology is held at a high standard. Cova Gran is perfect if you have an interest in Paleolithic archaeology, Neanderthal and early Homo sapiens, zooarchaeology, or lithics. And as a bonus, there are so many fun things to do on the free days!

Yes, I recommend

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Peru
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Ireland
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United Kingdom
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Macedonia
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Spain
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Italy
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China
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Turkey
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