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  • Locations: Ossabaw Island, GA, United States; Sapelo Island, GA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Program Category: UGA Domestic Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students
Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s) College/School: Franklin
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum number of credit hours: 12 Maximum number of credit hours: 12
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Location: Off-Campus
Program Description:

Colonial and Native Worlds Field School

The Colonial and Native Worlds Field School are archaeology field and lab methods courses that are designed to teach students the field techniques of archaeological excavation and documentation and laboratory skills concurrently. Come explore the ancient and colonial history of the Georgia Coast and live on Sapelo and Ossabaw Islands this summer. This year we will be exploring archaeological sites that were inhabited 4000 years ago, along with more recently occupied sites from the Spanish period on the Georgia Coast.

Through participation in an archaeological research project, students will be introduced to the methods of archaeological survey, excavation, data and materials recovery, recording, and processing. Students will be involved in all phases of field excavation, including archaeology survey, test unit excavations, and large-scale data recovery. Students will be trained in basic laboratory processing and analysis and will work collaboratively to present the results of their research in a professional presentation.
Throughout, students will be encouraged to critically examine how archaeological knowledge is constructed and expressed. Because the class is held in a non-traditional setting, students are also required to learn to live and work together as a group while they contribute to the success of the archaeological project.

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Program Location

Sapelo and Ossabaw Islands on the Georgia Coast

Program Director and Course Leaders

These courses are directed and overseen by Dr. Victor Thompson (

Academic Program

Students in this field school will enroll in both ANTH 4200/6200 Field Methods in Archaeology (6 credit hours) and ANTH 4240/6240 Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (6 credit hours). Both of these courses introduce archaeological field and lab techniques and the methods and approaches by which archaeology and heritage are interpreted.

Housing and Meals

All means and housing are provided for in the costs of the program. Ossabaw and Sapelo islands are located just south of Savannah, Georgia. They are two of the main barrier islands that front the Atlantic Ocean. There are no bridges to the islands. Therefore, access is only by private boat (UGA) to Ossabaw or by the state run ferry to Sapelo. Around five miles of sounds, salt marsh, tidal rivers and creeks separate Ossabaw and Sapelo from the mainland.
Once on the island, students will participate in communal style living with shared meals and duties. Sleeping is in a dorm style rooms with bunk beds on both Sapelo and on Ossabaw. Yes, there are bathrooms and showers! There are also large kitchens. Yes, there is AC.

Program Itinerary

Date                                    Location                                                           Activity
June 3rd                              Athens, GA                                                       Loading up the vans for the trip
June 4th                              Travel to Ossabaw Island                                 Travel and Setup
June 5th-10th                      Ossabaw Island                                                Excavation and Lab on Island
June 10th                            Travel to Sapelo Island                                     Travel and Setup
June 11th - July 1st             Sapelo Island                                                    Excavation and Lab on Island
July 1st                                Travel back to Athens                                       Put away equipment and artifacts
July 2nd – July 12th             Laboratory of Archaeology in Athens               Lab analysis and processing

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This program is currently not accepting applications.