Field School

MUN Archaeology Field Schools 2018

The Department will be offering two field schools during the summer of 2018.

'Excavating the pebble': MUN Archaeology Field School, Anse à Bertrand, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon 2018

This field school will take place in Anse à Bertrand located just outside the city of Saint-Pierre. This site was occupied between the 17th and 20th centuries, and according to historic maps several fishing buildings, potentially a chapel, and a fort were present in Anse à Bertrand. The 2017 excavations lead to a better understanding of the initial occupation of the territory by European nations during the 17th and 18th centuries. The 2018 digs will also allow us to further our knowledge on Saint-Pierre's small fishing settlements located in Anse à Bertrand.

This year’s field school will teach students a variety of skills crucial to the practice of archaeology including archival research, geophysics, survey, excavation, conservation and cataloguing.

Saint-Pierre et Miquelon offers a fantastic setting for a field school as participants will develop not only their archaeological skills, but they will also be immersed in an international context enhancing their intercultural competencies. Saint-Pierre et Miquelon is offering a “go abroad” experience, and it is close enough to Newfoundland so it is possible to keep this experience affordable.

Location : Anse à Bertrand (island of Saint-Pierre), Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Courses :

  • ARCH 2583 Archaeology Field School Orientation, on campus, Intercession 2017, May 7th to June 15th.This course takes place 2 times a week, each lecture last 3 hours (therefore class meet 6 hours each week). This course is a prerequisite for taking the field school.
  • ARCH 3585 and ARCH 3586 Archaeology Field School, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, Summer Term 2017, June 25th to August 3rd. The class meet each day from 8am to 5pm. Over the course of the field school 2 weeks will be spent in St. John’s, the other 4 weeks will take place in Saint-Pierre (specific dates for the stay in Saint-Pierre are to be determined).

Contact info : Dr. Catherine Losier

Labrador Institute Field School 2018

The 2018 Labrador Institute Field School (PDF brochure) will take place in Upper Lake Melville, Labrador from July 2nd to August 3rd, 2018.

Students will participate in a variety of archaeological activities in the field and classroom, including the excavation of a 3,000-year-old campsite in Sheshatshiu, Labrador.

Visit the LI Field School webpage for more information about participation, course content, and fees.

: Dr. Scott Neilsen.

Past Field Schools

Summer 2017: Excavating ‘The Pebble’, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
Summer 2016: Tors Cove, Newfoundland
Summer 2014: O’Brien Farm, Pippy Park, St. John's
Summer 2013: Archaeology of the First World War, Admiralty House & Museum in Mount Pearl
Summer 2011: Sailor South (DeAj-05) Dorset Paleoeskimo site
Summers 2009 and 2010: Signal Hill
Summers 2002-2007: Fleur de Lys
Summers 1997, 1998 and 2000: St. John's Waterfront (PDF)
Summer 1995: The Beaches
Summers 1990 and 1993: Minas Basin Archaeological Project



Department of Archaeology

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000