Field Schools

SPIN - Summer Program in Nepal

SPIN is a 5-week program in which students are able to immerse themselves in the rich culture of Nepal and to learn anthropological techniques to understand the culture of the people there. Students spend the bulk of their time in locations in Lamjung District, several hours bus ride west of  the city of Kathmandu. They engage in projects related to Folmar’s ongoing research on the relationship between various dimensions of identity and mental health, as well as the effects of the 2015 earthquake on mental health.  Students learn about Nepalese culture by engaging deeply in it and through home stay.  Students live in pairs with families, participating in daily life and conducting research on issues of Dalit status in the caste system and how it is affected by development and the shifting political situation in Nepal. They focus on understanding how health, gender, education and housing are affected by changes in the caste system. While spending most of their time absorbing the culture and conducting research, students will also be taught the basics of Nepali language and are expected to take two courses (ANT 393/394) on Nepalese Culture and Field Method.

SPIN Nepal Field School Dr. Steve Folmar Wake Forest University SPIN Nepal Field School Dr. Steve Folmar Wake Forest University SPIN Nepal Field School Dr. Steve Folmar Wake Forest University

Steve Folmar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Wake Forest University
Phone: 336-758-6065

Field School in Portugal

European Prehistory and Archaeological Field School in Portugal

Wake Forest University’s Portugal Summer Program is an intensive European prehistory and archaeological field school in which students explore the different regions of Portugal while studying variation in prehistoric human adaptations across past landscapes. The program is based in Rio Maior, a small town situated one hour north of Lisbon in a region known for its diverse biological, geological and cultural resources and rich, well-preserved record of the prehistoric human past.

Academic Program

Hands-on training provided in a wide range of archaeological field skills. Courses include guest lectures and field demonstrations by professional archaeologists. A Wake Forest faculty member certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists serves as resident professor and travels and stays in Portugal to oversee program academics and teach required course(s). Field work performed by teams of Portuguese and American students.

  • Majors in all disciplines are welcome to apply.
  • There are no course prerequisites for enrollment.
  • All lectures are taught in English.
  • Participants must be in good physical health as this course involves hiking, digging, and exertion in warm temperatures.

The European Prehistory and Archaeological Field School in Portugal is organized and led by Dr. Paul Thacker, AssociateProfessor and Director of the Archaeology Laboratories at Wake Forest University.

Paul Thacker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of Archaeology Laboratories
Department of Anthropology
Wake Forest University
Phone: 336-758-5497

Field School in North Carolina

The Wake Forest Field Program in Anthropological Archaeology is an intensive 4-week summer course in which students have the opportunity to learn archaeological field methods and the prehistory and history of North Carolina at a variety of sites that vary in function and time period. Potential sites include Archaic (~2000 BC) hunting and tool production camps, Late Woodland (~AD 1400) villages, and historic (late 1700s and early 1800s) homesteads.

Students learn survey and excavation techniques, and they receive training in modern equipment, such as GPS and total stations. The course is conducted in conjunction with the instructor’s active research, so the students are contributing directly to our knowledge of the past while learning. During the course of the program, students also have the opportunity to visit important regional archaeological and historic sites, attend lectures and site tours from guest speakers and archaeologists, and visit Cherokee to learn about their native archaeology program and Cherokee culture history.

The Field Program in North Carolina Archaeology is organized and taught by Dr. Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Anthropological Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) Laboratory.

For more information contact:

Dr. Eric Jones
Assistant Professor, Director AGIS Lab
P.O. Box 7807
Department of Anthropology
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Phone: 336-758-5469

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