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


Applications now accepted - apply here.

Application deadline March 10th, 2022 at 4:00 pm.


Information session coming up in January 2022

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UVic Archaeology field school in Barkley Sound is a six-week field school hosted by the UVic Department of Anthropology and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on southwestern Vancouver Island. The field school takes place in the lands and territories of two neighbouring Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, Tseshaht and Huu-ay-aht.
Visit the field school blog, read a 2016 story in The Ring or watch this video.


Description: 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 - 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.

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.