2016 Summer Fieldwork Opportunities:




Archaeological fieldwork is a great way to gain hands on research experience and participate in the process of archaeological discovery.  The University of Toronto offers a range of opportunities for students.  Most of these are not finalized until the early Winter but this listing provides you with information and contacts for the projects that are currently planned, and this page will be updated as new developments arise.


NEW Deadline March 15th!

Onchestos Excavation Project, Sanctuary of Poseidon, Greece


The Onchestos excavation is a relatively new project that began in 2014 by a team from Columbia University in collaboration with the Greek Archaeological Services. The Sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos near Thebes, attested in Homer as one of the major sanctuaries of the region called Boeotia—and to this date grossly under-excavated and under-studied—is unquestionably one of the most promising sites in mainland Greece, awaiting exciting and important discoveries. University of Toronto is fortunate to have been offered to participate in this rare opportunity, and pending the results of the upcoming season and funds, is likely to grow into a major collaborative partner. We are thus searching for four undergraduate participants (funding available) and up to two experienced graduate students (limited funding) looking for opportunities to excavate at a major Classical Greek archaeological site. Because of the site’s relatively short history, students with prior archaeological experience will be given advantage in the selection process, but opportunities will also be given to first time excavators who show exceptional promise and special interest in the subject. Due to at times extreme climate conditions and physical environment, as well as physically demanding schedule and activities, applicants should be aware that final qualifications require a physician’s form attesting to your physical fitness.



The season of the U of T excavation will run from June 12th – July 16th, 2016. Participants must be present for the entire duration. The city of Thebes, about 1.5 hours north of Athens, is where we will be staying. There will be a couple of optional, short weekend/day trips throughout the duration. Funding for undergraduates will cover the airfare and lodging only.


Application Deadline: March 15, 2016 (rolling basis, so if you are interested, be in touch soon)

- Completed Application Form Attached (Download Here)

-Undergraduates: Copy of your UofT Transcript or other Transcripts that show related coursework

-Brief 500 word essay stating your prior experience and what you expect and would like to get out of this experience

-Resume or CV

-You will be notified for an in-person interview on a rolling basis, and if necessary an academic reference


Send all your application materials as soon as possible, but no later than March 15th, to Prof. SeungJung Kim at seungjung.kim@utoronto.ca



 Huqoq, Israel

This is an excavation of a Roman/Byzantine site in northern Israel with spectacular synagogue with mosaic floors.  This project is directed by Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina and the University of Toronto is part of the consortium working at the site.  Our students receive credit through ARH 361 at the University of Toronto.  The cost of the program is pending dependent on the results of a grant application.  However, if you are interested in the project you should visit http://huqoqexcavationproject.org/ to learn more and fill out the application form found here.  For U of T students the application form should be sent directly to archaeology@utoronto.ca, by February 1st, not to the University of North Carolina as outlined in the application form.  This excavation is particularly valuable for students interested in the Classical world, Near Eastern archaeology, and religion—but all can learn from this experience.  The dates for the excavation are May 30-June 30.   University of Toronto students will participate in a one week orientation course before the excavation held at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.


Huaca Colorada, Peru

The University of Toronto's Summer Abroad Program is offering an archaeological field school at Huaca Colorada, an important Late Moche settlement and ceremonial complex in northern Peru.ᅠ Excavations of this well-preserved site will occur from July 8 to August 9.

This course is designed as a general practicum in archaeological field methods. Students will receive training in the mapping, surveying and block excavation of the site’s temple zone and domestic sectors. The comparative spatial analysis of public ceremony with quotidian activities will aid interpretation of the changing rhythms of political centralization defining this particular urban complex from the Gallinazo to Moche Periods. Such an approach will further illuminate the ideological strategies of different communities as a means to interpret how diverse agents promoted, contested or identified with prevailing sociopolitical arrangements. The field experience will not only familiarize students with the fundamentals of archaeological research but will provide a rare opportunity to engage in the meaningful interpretation of the material record (“interpretation at the edge of the trowel”). Students will receive instruction in total station mapping, excavation, stratigraphic analysis, surface survey, mural conservation, flotation and ceramic analysis.

 More information is available from the Summer Abroad program (http://summerabroad.utoronto.ca/programs/peru/#program_overview) and those interested can also contact Prof. Edward Swenson for more information (edward.swenson@utoronto.ca)


Gadachrili Gora, Republic of Georgia

Gadachrili Gora is a Neolithic village located near the city of Marneuli in the Kvemo Kartli region of the Republic of Georgia. The excavations are undertaken by the Georgian National Museum, under the directorship of Mindia Jalabadze.


Gadachrili Gora forms part of a trio of Neolithic villages, dated to the 6th millennium of the Shulaveris-Shomu Culture, which can be found across central Transcaucasia, and represents one of the earliest known Neolithic cultures of the region. These simple villages produced circular mudbrick architecture, handmade pottery with plastic decoration and a complex lithic industry. They revealed evidence of a wide subsistence base; raising cattle and pigs, growing wheat, barley, and have produced the earliest evidence for the domestication of grapes. Chemical analysis of the ceramic vessels showed that these grapes were used for the production of the earliest wines so far discovered.


The excavations are sponsored by the Georgian Wine Association and National Wine Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture under the umbrella of a larger international project entitled “Research and Popularization of Georgian Grape and Wine Culture” which aims to investigate the roots of wine production in the ancient world.


Dr. Stephen Batiuk was asked to participate in the project in 2014, and he joined the excavations in the spring of 2015 with the aim of helping expand the excavations and bring new technical and methodological approaches to the investigations. He will be accompanied by Andrew Graham in providing University of Toronto students the opportunity to participate in these investigations through the ongoing excavations at the site in the spring of 2016.  www.grape.utoronto.ca



ARH 306Y:  Archaeological Field Methods

ARH 306 is an intensive three week course offered in the summer term.  Working on the U of T campus students learn the basic skills of archaeological excavation and mapping.  This course is excellent preparation for students interested in archaeology in Ontario or in gaining skills without a large financial cost. Please visit the Anthropology Department website for more information:



399Y and 398H Research Excursion Program

The 399 program is intended for students at the end of their second year for 1 full credit and covers the fieldwork course requirement for archaeology majors.  Students participate in faculty research and pay only the cost of course enrollment.  Michael Chazan will be applying to take students to participate in fieldwork in Kathu and Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa.  The 398H program is intended for students at the end of their second year for a half credit and also covers the fieldwork course requirement for archaeology majors.  Students participate in faculty research and pay only the cost of course enrollment.  Gary Coupland is planning on taking students to Sechelt, British Columbia.  Please contact Prof. Knappett (carl.knappett@utoronto.ca), Prof. Chazan (mchazan@chass.utoronto.ca) and Prof. Coupland (coupland@chass.utoronto.ca) if you are interested in learning more about their particular projects.


ARH 361 Y/H: Archaeological Fieldwork

This course was created to enable students to receive credit for participation in fieldwork on projects not offered by the University of Toronto.  To receive credit through this course you must arrange a faculty advisor IN ADVANCE of fieldwork.  The faculty adviser will assign written work that is required to receive credit and will provide a grade based on this work.  For questions about ARH 361 you may contact Josie Alaimo in the Anthropology Department but you must find your faculty adviser.  Note that this is an ARH course so the adviser can come from any relevant department (i.e., Art, Classics, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations).  Please consult with faculty BEFORE committing to a field project, their experience can help to assure a valuable experience.  An example of the type of experience that can be covered by ARH 361 is the excavations at the site of Mendes, Egypt where a number of University of Toronto students have participated in a project directed by Prof. Donald Redford of Pennsylvania State University.  You can learn more about Mendes at http://www.archaeological.org/fieldwork/afob/6740.  The local contact for this project is Aliza Fatima who can be contacted at aliza.fatima@mail.utoronto.ca.



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