Archaeology Field School in Barkley Sound - Summer 2022

2019 UVic Archaeological Field School in Barkley Sound, Western Vancouver Island
2019 UVic Archaeology Field School in Barkley Sound departs after a day of fieldwork at a Tseshaht First Nation village site in the Broken Group Islands. Photo: Iain McKechnie.

Study Coastal Archaeology, Historical Ecology, and Indigenous Heritage in a National Park Reserve


6 weeks - 2 courses - 3 UVic credits
July 4th, 2022 - August 12th, 2022


Application process is now closed - thank you to all the applicants.


The UVic Archaeology Field School in Barkley Sound is supported by a collaborative project established between the Tseshaht First Nation, the UVic Department of Anthropology, and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The field school takes place on Tseshaht reserve lands surrounded by Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in the beautiful Broken Group Islands on southwestern Vancouver Island.
Visit the field school blog, read a 2016 story in The Ring or watch this video. 


Description: The first three days of the field school will be based at UVic in Victoria followed by two and a half weeks of remote camp-based fieldwork in Tseshaht First Nation reserve lands in the Broken Group Islands surrounded by Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The final 3-weeks of the course will be spent in Huu-ay-aht First Nation territory 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 archaeological material recovered during the excavations in Tseshaht territory. This course will be an immersive 6-week field experience (including hiking, camping, and boat travel) and require full days and dedicated teamwork.

Academic Credit: ANTH 343 - Archaeological Field Techniques (1.5 credits) & ANTH 344 - Regional Topics in Archaeology (1.5 credits) - students must be enrolled in both.

Prerequisites: ANTH 240 and permission of the instructor. Registration of successful applicants will be done directly by Anthropology office staff.

Costs & other details: for information on costs, what to bring, student experiences and more please visit the field school blog.

Funding: see here if you are eligible for one (or more) of the support funds available.

Non-UVic students - please read this document which outlines the processes and costs associated with participating in this field school.