Accepting applications soon: 2017 Barkley Sound Archaeological Field School

2017 UVic Archaeological Field School in Barkley Sound, Western Vancouver Island

Dates: July 3-August 11, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Iain McKechnie

Credit:  ANTH 343 -1.5 credits (July 3-22) and ANTH 344 - 1.5 credits (July 24-August 11) for a total of 3 credits.

Deadline for Applications will be March 1, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply earlier than the deadline. Full details on the application process and requirements are will be posted on Field School web page in early January 2017. Check our webpage in January 2017 for more detailed information (cost, application form etc) or contact Dr. McKechnie.

Dates: This field school consists of three mandatory sections.

  • July 4-8, 2016: Pre-field school at the University of Victoria
    • July 11-22, 2016: Broken Group Islands, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (camping)
    • July 25 – Aug 12, 2016: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Bamfield

Description: The department of Anthropology at UVic will be running an archaeology field school in Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation territories on western Vancouver Island as part of two 1.5-credit courses (ANTH 343 & 344). The first four days of the field school will be based in Victoria followed by two and a half weeks of remote camp-based fieldwork in the Broken Group Islands in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The final 3-weeks of the course will be spent at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (a UVic supported teaching and research facility in Barkley Sound) where students will conduct laboratory analyses and prepare written research reports on recovered archaeological material. This course will be an immersive 6-week field experience (including hiking, camping, and boat travel) and require full days and dedicated teamwork. Topics in the course will include:

  • How to identify and locate different types of coastal archaeological sites
  • How to use a hipchain, compass, GPS, and laser survey instruments to make archaeological maps and navigate in forested coastal terrain
  • How to excavate archaeological site deposits, document features, and recover and process sediment samples
  • How to conduct subsurface archaeological reconnaissance using probing, percussion coring, augering, shovel testing, and intertidal survey

  • Archaeological note taking, graphical illustration, cartography, and photography 

  • Learn about zooarchaeological data analysis and historical ecological methods

Non-UVic studentsContact UVIC's registrar for pertinent information. UVIC requires a letter of permission from your home institute and experience has shown that this can be a lengthy process. Students are responsible for arranging the transfer of credits to their home institutions where applicable.