2020 Archaeology Field School in Barkley Sound

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


Considering the Covid19 outbreak and all the uncertainties associated with the virus progression we decided to cancel the Barkley Sound Field School 2020. We are planning to reschedule the field school during the summer 2021.

July 6 - August 14, 2020

Visit the field school blog, read a 2016 story in The Ring or watch this video.                             

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 6-27) and ANTH 344 - 1.5 credits (July 27-August 14) 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.

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.