The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Anthropology Field Schools

The Department of Anthropology currently runs a summer archaeological field school in Western Massachusetts:

Information for Summer 2022 (View Flyer Here)


May 19 – July 1, 2022  (Application Deadline to Apply is May 1, 2022)
(Class will run M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no class on Memorial Day)

Dr. Ventura Pérez, Director
$500/credit @ 6 credits

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist, and forensic scientist in excavations of human remains.

The course will be divided into three units. The first unit will introduce students to field and laboratory techniques, including familiarity with the human skeletal system, recognizing what constitutes bioarchaeological or forensic data, and violence theory. The second unit will consist of excavations of a pseudo-crime scene and pseudo- archaeological burial. The third unit will focus on laboratory techniques used to analyze the data generated from these two excavation sites, and the design and build the following year’s burial sites. Throughout the course, we will explore key concepts in ethics, repatriation, medicolegal death investigation, and regulations regarding unmarked burials.

Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students wishing to enroll must submit an application by May 1, 2022, to: Apply Here

Dr. Ventura Pérez
Department of Anthropology
217 Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003

Email applications are accepted:

Applications are available at the UMass Amherst Anthropology Department website:

UMass Anthropology Fieldschool

Or through the Violence & Conflict Laboratory website:


(Past) Information about 2020

Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology - Anthro 577 -  May 28 - June 29, 2019                                   

 2019 Field School in Historical Archaeology, Director Eric Johnson

 Julie Woods, Field Director and Martin Boersma (Anthro/Chinese 2018)

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