Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities

While IPCAA students are not required to gain fieldwork experience in order to earn their degree, in practice almost all students spend time in the field. The nature of this experience varies considerably, however, depending on the student and her/his specific interests. ‘Fieldwork’ in this context also covers a wide range of methodologies and techniques, including excavation, regional survey, artifact analysis, and the restudy of material from previous projects. IPCAA encourages students to acquire a balanced view of what fieldwork entails, and to undertake projects appropriate to their research concerns. Some financial support for fieldwork expenses (especially travel) are available from both IPCAA and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.  Click here to go to the museum's fieldwork page.

Many IPCAA students become engaged, and gain valuable experience, with archaeological fieldwork sponsored directly by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, which has a long and storied history of activity in many parts of the Mediterranean. Currently active field projects involving IPCAA students include large-scale excavation and remote sensing of Hellenistic and Roman levels at a tell site, Tel Kedesh, in the northern Galilee, Israel (under the direction of Professor Sharon Herbert), exploration and excavation of the Middle Kingdom cemetery at Abydos in Egypt (under the direction of Professor Janet Richards), a major new excavation of Gabii near Rome (under the direction of Professor Nicola Terrenato), and an archaeological survey of the region around Vani in western Georgia (under the direction of Professor Christopher Ratté.)