Archaeological fieldwork is highly recommended for all archaeology students. Typically carried out over the summer, it is an excellent way to acquire hands-on experience and training in archaeological methods and excavation techniques. It also allows students to explore the history and material culture of a region in greater depth, and in some cases even to conduct research on primary materials from a site which can then serve as the basis for a senior thesis or capstone project.  Excavation experience is strongly encouraged, and completion of an approved archaeological field school program may be substituted for the Method and Theory requirement.

Fieldwork opportunities are offered by our Wesleyan faculty both on-campus and abroad (see Wesleyan-Affiliated Projects below) as well as through a number of programs worldwide. In selecting a field school you may wish to consider the following:

  • Which region and historical periods interest you most?
  • What kind of skills do you hope to develop? (excavation techniques, GIS survey, etc?)
  • What is your budget?  (Field schools can be costly and fees typically don't include airfare)
  • How long is the program? (most range from 3-6 weeks) 

Some Funding Sources are available that can help to defray the cost of fieldwork programs. 


Excavations at Tel Shimron, Israel
Excavations of a site overlooking the beautiful Jezreel valley in northern Israel, occupied from the Bronze Age through the Byzantine period. The 6-week archaeological field school welcomes students with any range of archaeological experience, and can be taken for Wesleyan credit. For details contact Prof. Birney. 
Next in the field Summer 2019

Excavations at Kastrouli-Desfina, Greece
Excavations of a fortified Late Mycenaean Bronze Age site and nearby tholos tombs in an area just south of Delphi, Greece. The 3-week archaeological fieldwork welcomes students with any range of archaeological experience. For details contact Prof. Birney.  In the field Summer 2018.