Anthropology Field Programs

Past Field and Study Abroad Programs

Archaeological Field School in Wisconsin (every 2 years)
The UWM Archaeological Field School is located on the shores of Lake Koshkonong, near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. The Field School conducts survey and excavation at the Crescent Bay Hunt Club and Schmeling sites, continuing our long-term research into Oneota agricultural villages. The two sites were occupied circa A.D. 1200-1400 and have yielded evidence for settled agricultural life including houses, palisade walls, dozens of food preparation and food storage facilities, and tremendous amounts of Oneota ceramics, stone tools, and copper implements. (See UWM News Report)
Service Learning in New Orleans (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
This field experience offers a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exploration of U.S. ethnic and racial identities and experiences, with special attention focused on the cultural history of New Orleans and the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Both courses will be held on site in the New Orleans area. This living and learning experience supports students' learning about New Orleans' diversity. Anthropological research methods and the real life stories of people we meet in New Orleans. Students will complete assignments based on anthropological fieldwork methods. Service Learning placements at agencies in the New Orleans area will focus on restoration, relief, and recovery efforts. (See UWM News Report)
Peru Past and Present: Archaeological Perspectives (Summer 2009)
This program provides an intensive, on-site introduction to the archaeology of Peru and to the skills of zooarchaeology. The program focuses on the north coast of Peru, home to the Moche culture, a pre-Inca civilization famous for its artistry in ceramics and gold, its monumental architecture, and its regional expansion. Students participate in museum and laboratory research by identifying and interpreting animal bone from local archaeological collections, helping to build a regional data set that traces the origins and development of the Moche, and the interactions between coastal fishing communities and the farmers of the interior valleys.
Conservation in Romania (Summer 2006)
Students used a case study approach to conduct research on problems addressing the Danube Delta and Black Sea Coast in Romania. The course will cover multi-disciplinary issues and integrate Natural Science, Socioeconomic Conditions and Public Policy Issues. This research project will be highly interactive, utilizing workshops, seminars, and technology training. (See UWM News Report)
Ethnographic Field School in Senegal (Summer 2004)
Cultural traditions in Senegal is a cultural immersion program. The trip to Senegal includes in-country travel to urban and rural settings. Grounded in anthropological methods of participant observation students participate in an interdisciplinary field school experience.