IFR: United States Field Schools - Arizona, California, Colorado and Hawaii

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The Institute for Field Research is pleased to present our array of United States field schools.

Studying Cultural Resource Management in Coconino, Arizona will give you the tools you need to succeed in the archaeological field!

Get experienced in Museum Studies at the famous Hearst Museum, located on the University of California, Berkeley campus!

Excavate a piece of dark US history on the site of a former Japanese internment camp in Amache, Colorado which employs the use of modern technology and community outreach.

Bring together people of diverse backgrounds to learn about colonial history in Mohegan, Connecticut.

Study ancient Hawaiian prehistory on the picturesque island of Moloka’i.

Finally, the Institute for Field Research is excited to present our paleontology field school held at the La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of bustling Los Angeles California!

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  • domestic
  • native american
  • Japanese internment
  • paleontology
  • museum studies

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Institute for Field Research: Ciudad Perdida Archaeology Field School, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

The Ciudad Perdida archaeology field school in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia is one of the most rugged offered by the Institute for Field Research (IFR), as it involves a two day hike across high-gradient terrain to reach the site up in the mountain. For the extent of the field school (about one month) students live up at the site and off the grid -- no cell or WiFi service available. I feel so fortunate to have had this field school experience because not only did it teach me crucial archaeological field research methods including both subsurface and pedestrian survey data collection, it also incorporated lessons about public outreach, community collaboration, and conservation of the cultural record. To do fieldwork and research in this setting was especially transformative because students are literally living and breathing archaeology -- we do fieldwork during the day and talk about theory, findings, and the inherent obligations/ responsibilities that come with being an archaeologist in the evenings, without the distractions of the outside world.
IFR is especially unique because all of their field schools are reviewed and vetted by a board of academics and archaeologists from many renowned institutions/universities around the world. This ensures that each program is well run, worthwhile, and truly furthers student's classroom-acquired knowledge by applying it to well designed research in the field. I am now very close with the head archaeologist from my field school to the extent that I returned to do fieldwork with him the following summer after participating in the field school, and he continues to meet with me and advise me. The IFR field school was one of the best experiences of my college career, I recommend it to any student who is serious about gaining crucial fieldwork skills and experience.

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About 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...