2019 University of Victoria Archaeology Field School in Barkley Sound

2016 UVic Archaeological Field School in Barkley Sound, Western Vancouver Island
2016 UVic Archaeological Field School in Barkley Sound, Western Vancouver Island

Study Coastal Archaeology, Historical Ecology, and Indigneous Hertiage in a National Park Reserve.


July  1- August 9, 2019

 6 weeks - 2 courses - 3 UVic credits


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Description: The Department of Anthropology at UVic is 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 Tseshaht First Nation territories in the Broken Group Islands in 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 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. 

Academic Credit:  ANTH 343 -1.5 credits (July 1-21) and ANTH 344 - 1.5 credits (July 21-August 9) for a total of 3 UVic credits. Application and enrollment in both courses is mandatory for UVic anthropology students (i.e., it is not possible to enroll in only half of the field school). Prerequisites are ANTH 240 and permission of the instructor.

Costs: In addition to your tution and registration fees there are field school fees. Bamfield portion: $1400 plus application fee. UVic Anthropology portion: $700 for UVic students and $900 for non-UVic students.

Dates: July 1-August 9, 2019 

July 1-4, 2019: Field preparation at the UVic campus and greater Victoria

July 4-21, 2019: Broken Group Islands, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve  - camping

July 21-August 9, 2019: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Bamfield, Vancouver Island – dormitory accommodations

Not a current UVic student? Here is the information to help you proceed.