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Summer Field School: U-M Training Program in Archaeology


The application session for the Summer 2024 Field School will open late Fall 2023.

ANTHRARC 487 was not offered during Summer 2023, but information on the Summer 2022 Field School is below as an example:

Location: Mongolia

Dates: June 14 - July 20, 2022 with Instructor Dr. Alicia R. Ventresca Miller

COST: Tuition for six credits + air travel --- ALL OTHER EXPENSES ARE COVERED!

Application deadline: February 1, 2022

The 2022 Summer Field School ANTHRARC 487 is a six-credit field school in advanced archaeological methods titled EXCAVATION AND BIOARCHAEOLOGY. Students will spend five weeks in the mountains of northern Mongolia working with an established field project and attending the Naadam summer festival. During fieldwork, they will participate in salvage excavations of several Mongolera cemeteries (~1170-1400 CE), directed by Prof. Alicia Ventresca Miller. Training will focus on bioarchaeological methods, including burial excavation,human osteology, and skeletal identification. In addition, working alongsideconservators, students will learn specialized skills in the conservation of artifactsin the field, especially textiles, leather and wood. A graduate student instructor, in collaboration with Dr. J. Bayarsaikhan (National Museum of Mongolia) and Dr.J. Clark (NOMAD Science), will accompany the field school students on all legs of their journey.

For questions or for more information about the 2022 Field School, contact Dr. Alicia Ventresca Miller at

A link will be available here to apply for the Summer 2024 Field School when the application session opens.

For more information about the 2022 Field School, click here!.

The Summer Field School Gear Guide is here

And check out future funding opportunities below! Many resources are available to you.


The U-M Training Program in Archaeology (ANTHRARC 487) provides students with a unique opportunity to participate in original field research. Students receive training in basic methods of archaeological survey, excavation, artifact recording and analysis, while participating in ongoing research in the area chosen by the course director. Field training is integrated with lectures on archaeological method and theory, and the prehistory and ethnography of the area under study. Laboratory sessions introduce students to the analysis of archaeological artifacts, including stone tools, ceramics, animal bones, and plant remains. In addition to learning the basic technical skills of field archaeology, each student works together with the program director and staff to develop a small but original research problem, based on the archaeological data recovered and analyzed during excavations. The results of this research are presented as a written paper at the end of the field session.



Funding Opportunities:


For student Scholarships and Funding opportunities available through the Department of Anthropology, The University of Michigan, and External Sources, click here

And for information about student Scholarships and Funding opportunities through the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology for up to $2,000, click here