Colonial and Native Worlds Field School 2017

The Colonial and Native Worlds field school, under the direction of Victor Thompson, gives students the opportunity to work at multiple sites in Georgia and Florida. First, students will travel to Southern Florida to conduct excavations at Mound Key, the capital of the Calusa Kingdom. This more than 100 acre island was constructed entirely by the Calusa in the middle of Estero Bay. Work at Mound Key seeks to understand the colonial entanglements of the contact period and the construction history of this unique monumental site. While in Florida, students will also participate in excavations at the Fort Center site on the western edge of Lake Okeechobee with Ph.D. student Matthew Colvin. Excavations at Fort center aim to uncover the history of construction of the first monuments in Florida, exemplified by the earthen constructions at the site. In June, students will travel to the coast of Georgia to conduct survey and excavations at Kenan Field on Sapelo Island with Ph.D. candidate Brandon Ritchison. Excavations at Kenan Field, a site occupied for the past 4000 years, focus on the Mississippian Period and the coastal response to a large-scale immigration event circa AD 1380. For more information, contact Dr. Victor Thompson (

  • Dates:

    • Section 1: May​ 8 – June 2
    • Section 2: June 5 – June 30
    • Combined Sections: May 8 – June 30
  • Lodging:

    • Mound Key:
    • Fort Center:
    • Sapelo Island: Access to the island is by pedestrian ferry only. Once on the island, students will be participating communal style living (rooms with bunk beds) with shared meals and duties. Bathroom and kitchen facilities will be located in the same building. There are no grocery stores, gas stations, laundromats, etc. on the islands. All housing and transport to and from the island from the mainland will be made available to students. However, as the island is remote, students will not be able to leave the island during the week. 
  • Field School Goals:

    • Students will learn about research design and implementation, basic archaeological field methods, shallow geophysical survey, topographic mapping, laboratory methods, and the archaeology of the Southeastern United States.
    • During the field school students will gain skills in shovel test survey, block excavations, and participate in multi-method shallow geophysical survey
  • Tuition  and Costs:

    • Section 1 or Section 2 (6 hours credit)
    • Both Sections (12 hours credit) 
    • Check with the University of Georgia Registrar's office for in-state and out-of-state rates.
    • There will be an additional fee of $40 per week for food. 

Contact Information

University of Georgia

Laboratory of Archaeology

110 Riverbend Rd.

Athens, GA 30602-4702

Lab: (706) 542-9234

Site File: (706) 542-8737

Fax: (706) 542-8920

University of Georgia
Laboratory of Archaeology

110 Riverbend Rd., Riverbend Research North

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602

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Phone: (706)-542-9234

Fax: (706) 542-8920

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