Public Archaeology in the U.S. Virgin Islands (ANTH 275)
Conduct preliminary archaeological investigations with the National Park Service in the U.S. Virgin Islands over a two-week period while enrolled in ANTH 275 Public Archaeology.
When: January 2014
Where: Cinnamon Bay, St John, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Program fee: Roughly $1200. The fee includes transportation (Chicago-St John, V.I.), housing, meals, health insurance, and other program costs. The fee will be included in the spring 2014 bill.
Prerequisites: Students enrolling in ANTH 275 Public Archaeology for Spring 2014 must have completed ANTH 110. Prehistory and Archaeology and receive permission from the instructor. Preference will be given to students who have additional instruction in archaeological method or other field-based coursework.
Program highlights: This field course provides students with an opportunity to learn archaeological field methods while helping to clear, record, and collect 18th and 19th century Danish Plantation ruins within the National Park on St John Island. Through field work, readings, and discussions students will come to appreciate the challenges faced by the National Park Service in preserving and presenting the past to the public. While on St John, students will work with Ken Wild, the National Park Service archaeologists for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Shannon Fie, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Beloit College.
Note: The NPS is currently developing public exhibits in the Cinnamon Bay lab and museum facility. Students with an interest and appropriate foundational coursework in museum studies are also encouraged to apply.
Housing: Tents, stoves, and cooking equipment are provided. Bathrooms and showers (cold water) are available within the Cinnamon Bay campground.
Application deadline: October 2014. Exact deadline to be announced.
To apply: Contact Shannon Fie for application materials. Once admitted, students will need to file an on-line application.
Field School contacts: Shannon Fie, Anthropology
General program schedule: Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm will be spend working with the NPS archaeologist. Monday thru Friday evenings and Saturday afternoon will include lab work, readings, and group discussions. Students will have Saturday evening and all of Sunday to relax.