Field Schools

The Department of Anthropology offers several field schools throughout the year in both Archaeology and Sociocultural Anthropology. Field experience is important for any student who wishes to pursue these subjects academically or professionally after college or graduate school.

Dr. Leone’s field school in Annapolis is a unique and exciting opportunity to participate in a long-term study of our nation’s history through uncovering the past. Begun in 1981, the Archaeology in Annapolis project has been concerned with promoting better understandings of Annapolis’ diverse past through the interpretation of material culture to promote an inclusive form of Annapolis’ history. Over the past 20 years Archaeology in Annapolis has run an annual field school in urban archaeology and has excavated over forty sites throughout the city’s historic district. Visit:

Explore life in company coal mining towns with an archaeology and preservation field school at Eckley Miner’s Village, an outdoor history museum near Hazleton, PA. The project focuses on the lives of coal miners and their families through archaeology, architectural history, oral histories, and archival research. Students will have the opportunity to literally “dig up history” as they excavate 19th-century workers’ houses and will help document the towns standing structures, including many wonderful outbuildings. Previous years’ investigations have taken place at the coal patchtowns of Lattimer Mines, Pardeesville, and more recently Eckley, Pennsylvania. These excavations have explored the lives of Southern and Eastern European immigrants to the area as they worked to overcome prejudice and discrimination at the turn of the 20th century. Students interested in archaeology, American history, immigration, women’s studies, vernacular architecture, outdoor museums, material culture, or company towns are strongly encouraged to apply! Visit:

Education Abroad Programs

The opportunity to participate in an education abroad program, for a few weeks or for an entire year, can be a life changing experience. A program devoted to Anthropology can be especially rewarding. There is really no substitute for experiencing anthropology in the field. Department faculty offer a variety of opportunities abroad from time to time.

Dr. Janet Chernela's six-credit course will consider conservation and development from the standpoints of local communities and conservationists. The objectives of the field course are to gain an understanding of: socio-economic dynamics of the Amazonian frontier and drivers of deforestation; tropical forest biology with special attention to regeneration; forest-dependent indigenous and local cultures and their struggle to determine the future of the land and communities that depend upon it. This exciting course will be held in Brazil. Visit:

The Forensic Aviation Archaeology: Recovery of a World War II Aircraft Crash Site program is an archaeological field school to survey and investigate previously located aircraft crash sites from the Second World War. The mission is to identify and recover the wreckage of the aircraft and the human remains of the missing-in-action (MIA) flight crew member(s) of this aircraft. The Department of Defense (DOD) is tasked by the U.S. Congress through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to provide the fullest possible accounting of missing personnel to their families and the nation. The DPAA recognizes the valuable experience and training that can be gained in these recovery missions and has requested a strategic partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park to carry out a part of their mission. Visit: *PLEASE NOTE THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT RUN IN 2024*

Dr. Stephen Brighton’s Field School in Ireland explores the material history of the Irish Diaspora in and around Skibbereen, County Cork, an area that is infamous as a metaphor for the impacts and horrific sufferings of the Great Starvation. Through archaeological investigations, archival research, and interviews with local historians of the Skibbereen Heritage Center and members of the local community, students will receive extensive and intensive experience learning about the Irish Diaspora, socio-cultural change in Ireland over time, and the experience of Irish immigrants internationally. Visit:

Other Opportunities

The University of Maryland also offers a variety of year long, semester long, winter term, summer term, and spring break study abroad activities throughout the world. With advance approval, students can also participate in study abroad programs that are offered by other universities in the U.S. and abroad. Opportunities are available for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Visit the Education Abroad website for more detailed information and program descriptions.