Field Schools and Study Abroad

 

Field Programs

Imagine yourself suddenly set down surrounded by all your gear, alone on a tropical beach close to a native village, while the launch or dinghy which has brought you sails away out of sight… Imagine further that you are a beginner, without previous experience, with nothing to guide you and no one to help you…This exactly describes my first initiation into field work. ”
Bronislaw Malinowski (1922)

The new field house and lab in the village of El Azucar

Anthropology is distinctive from the other social sciences in its emphasis on fieldwork as the principal methodology through which data is gathered. This is true for sociocultural anthropologists, archaeologists, primatologists, paleoanthropologists, forensic anthropologists—indeed, for all sub-disciplines of anthropology.Through fieldwork we come to intimately know our informants, excavate material culture and hominid remains and record the behavior of non-human primates.For sociocultural anthropologists, this means ethnography—the scientific study of human societies and cultures in situ and through prolonged interaction (participant-observation) with the persons being studied. For archaeologists, this typically entails field excavations and for biological anthropologists this can mean ethological observation, gathering of biological and genetic samples and excavation.Drew Anthropology focuses on placing students in the field as soon as possible. Starting at the introductory level, through to senior methodology classes, students are required to perform fieldwork in their communities. However, fieldwork in and around the NY/NJ area is just the beginning.

Drew anthropology students are strongly advised and encouraged to take part in one of the off-campus study programs in the areas of ethnography, archaeology or biological anthropology. These include programs in the United States, South America and Africa.

Archaeological Field School in Ecuador

Santa’s house, El Azucar

This four-week summer field school introduces students to archaeological field methods, including survey, excavation, and artifact recovery and processing. Instruction is through participation in an ongoing research project in the south coastal region of Ecuador. The focus of the investigations is the ancient inhabitants of this region, particularly the societies present immediately prior to the arrival of Europeans. Offered annually in summer.

For more information, contact Professor Masucci

Prerequisite: ANTH 311

Past Field Programs

Bighorn National Forest

During the Summer of 2005, Drew University students spent two months in northern Wyoming participating in archaeological fieldwork through the National Forest Service. Katie Caljean, Elizabeth Hill, David Marcus, Annie Peirce, and Ender Ricart learned to identify and document sites, artifacts, and features. Perhaps more importantly, the students learned the importance of Culture Resource Management and historic preservation.

Ngogo Field Site in Kibale National Park

During the Summer of 2005, Drew University student, Megan Wallner, studied at the Ngogo Field Site in Kibale National Park, Uganda with Professor Tammy Windfelder of Drew’s Biology Department. Megan performed playback experiments to examine polyspecific associations between red-tailed monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius) and grey cheeked mangabeys (Lophocebus albigena). She learned field skills including behavioral sampling techniques, use of playback equipment, and how to follow a group of monkeys on her own. The Anthropology Department generously supported her field work in part with the William Yeack Scholarship in Anthropology.

Mt. Trumbull, Arizona

During the Summer of 2005, Drew University student, Katie Caljean, participated in the Mt. Trumbull Prehistory Project in northern Arizona. She investigated Anasazi Basketmaker sites that were rich with Tusyan ceramics. Katie learned the methods of excavation and survey through hands on experience during her time at the Mt. Trumbull field school. The Anthropology Department generously supported her field work in part with the William Yeack Scholarship in Anthropology.