Topic ID #39018 - posted 12/12/2017 2:12 PM

Philippines-Bicol Archaeology Field School 2018


The main focus of the Bicol Archaeological Project (BAP) (Philippines) is to understand indigenous responses to colonialism, including economic, landscape, and political shifts that occurred soon after conquest. The field school provides training in archaeological field methods and bioarchaeological methodologies. The Bicol Region has a rich, but largely undocumented archaeological record that spans the Neolithic, Metal Age, Trade and Interaction with Asian traders, and Spanish colonial periods. The BAP aims to launch a region-wide archaeological program that will provide data to establish the region’s cultural chronology, which will be tied to the larger chronology in the region. Anthropological issues such as culture-contact, subsistence shifts, resource utilization, responses to colonialism, climate change, heritage conservation, and community engagement will also be pursued by the BAP. Although BAP primarily looks at the archaeology of colonialism, the deep archaeological deposit in the region provides a broader research opportunity that students can pursue.

·         Course Dates: June 25-July 22, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $4,660

·         Course Type: Field Archaeology, Bioarchaeology

·         Instructors: Dr. Stephen Acabado, Dr. Zandro Villanueva, Dr. Adam Lauer, Dr. Francisco Datar



Students will live in comfortable, but modest, field house in the city of Naga, Bicol, and will be provided with hotel lodging while in Manila. Conditions at the field house are basic and hot water is not always guaranteed. Students will likely sleep on bunk beds or on mattresses on the floor and will share large communal rooms.

All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine. The daily diet in Bicol is heavily based on rice and meat (pork and chicken). Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are available, but could sometimes be difficult to maintain in this location. Vegetarian diet is also available in the location.


ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.


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