Jamaica: Archaeology Field School

May 24, 2019 —June 22, 2019
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Want to spend your summer on one of Jamaica’s most pristine beaches? Perhaps you’d rather snorkel over a coral reef, visit the memorial of reggae legend Peter Tosh, or help reconstruct world history? You can do all of these things and more by enrolling in the Jamaica Archaeological Field School, located in historic Bluefields, Jamaica. This program provides students with practical training in both terrestrial and underwater archaeology. During the four weeks in Jamaica, students will spend approximately 3 weeks learning excavation skills at a hypothesized sixteenth-century Spanish fortification site replete with fortified walls, cannons, and other military material culture. The site is also home to a still-occupied British period great house, built during the 18th century. During the fourth week, students will learn both terrestrial and underwater survey techniques by conducting archaeological survey of the Bluefields coastline and exploring underwater in Bluefields Bay, which was as rich in history (and pirates!) as the town.

Group Air is required component of program package. Round-trip air transportation from cities other than CCSA-designated airports MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost.

Program Package

  • Accommodations: Included.
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Group Travel Required

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.

You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
  • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

Program Dates
May 24, 2019 —June 22, 2019

Base Price


Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: CLOSED

Regular Application Deadline
March 01, 2019
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered

Archaeology / Anthropology

Jamaica Archaeological Field School
Course Description: Jamaica is home to the Bluefields area and offers a unique site for learning archaeological field methods. Topographical mapping, georeferencing stratigraphic excavation are just some of the hands-on skills you’ll develop. Deep-water reconnaissance and shallow water reconnaissance opportunities will set you apart as well. (Upper division and Graduate level each earn up to 5 credit hours) This program is limited to 10 students with a wait list. A deposit and full application is required to be placed on the wait list. A full refund is available for those on the wait list who are not accepted into the program.
Prerequisite: For undergraduate level - Required: Introduction to Archaeology. Recommended: At least one upper-level course in archaeology, preferably emphasizing archaeological theory and methods. For graduate level - Required: Prior archaeological field school training and additional field experience; multiple upper-division courses in archaeology and preferably other subdivisions of anthropology.
Dr. Marcie Venter | 5 Cr. Hrs. | U/GR
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