Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology Field School

The UMass Amherst Field School in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology has been running for over ten years in western Massachusetts.

We incorporate innovative teaching methodologies, state-of-the-art technology, and student-centered learning to create a unique field experience that prepares students for the job market, graduate school, or further study in related fields.

This 6-week field course introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist and forensic scientist in the excavation, examination, and interpretation of human remains.

Application materials may be found on our Apply Now page.


More information on the structure of the field school and curriculum may be found on our About the Field School page.

Frequently asked questions about the field school and about applying may be found on our FAQs page.

Read news stories and watch videos with field school director Dr. Ventura Pérez on the Field School News page.

Read up about current and past excavations and view photos from excavation journals on our Field School Alumni & Friends Page.

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Important Field School Dates

2018 Field Season

Applications Due:
March 18, 2018

Applicant Decisions Announced:

Field Season Dates:
UMass Summer Session 1
May 21 - June 29, 2018

For more updates and journals from the current excavations, visit the UMass Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Facebook page.