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Fieldwork Opportunities

One of the exciting aspects of Anthropological study is fieldwork. Fieldwork can certainly take place within the United States, but opportunities outside the U.S. allow students to experience other cultures in a unique first-hand way, and gain a greater appreciation for cultures different from their own. Fieldwork is a vital part of anthropological inquiry, and we are pleased to offer SLU students dynamic courses and fieldwork opportunities in the upcoming months and years that will enrich their classroom learning, as well as their lives.

Summer Primate Behavior Field School in Nicaragua & Costa Rica                  Dr. Katherine MacKinnon

During select summers, Dr. Katherine MacKinnon will teach a field school on Primate Behavior & Ecology at either Ometepe, Nicaragua, or La Suerte, Costa Rica. When the course is taught at the Nicaragua site, the focus will be on social behavior and ecology of the mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata); when it is taught in Costa Rica, both howler monkeys and white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) will be studied. This course is designed to provide students with a sound foundation in primatological concepts and field techniques, as applied in a tropical setting. The material covered is equivalent to a upper-level university course in primate behavioral ecology. The course is divided into five distinct categories: formal classroom lectures, informal field lectures, readings and critiques, group projects, and individual research projects. In addition to the course mechanics, students will have the opportunity to interact with the local people and gain insight into the cultural histories of this Central American region.

Please see the following site for more information:

If you are interested in future field course opportunities, please contact:

Dr. Katherine C. MacKinnon
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Morrissey Hall - Room 1927
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314.977.2167

Archaeological Field School*

The 2012 Saint Louis University field school is taking place at the prehistoric chiefdom of Cahokia, located in the St. Louis metropolitan area near present-day Collinsville, Illinois, and is under the direction of Dr. Mary Vermilion

Field school students will receive training in various aspects of archaeological fieldwork, including site survey and mapping, excavation and recording techniques, artifact identification, analysis, processing and inventory.

The number of students is limited to ensure individual instruction and hands-on experiences.  Students must provide their own food and transportation to and from the site.

This is a four (4) credit course and is open to Saint Louis University undergraduate students as well as visiting students from other institutions.  No previous field experience is necessary.  The class meets Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

In addition to tuition, there is a $95 equipment fee and a $100 deposit.  The deposit is refundable upon completion of the course.  Please contact Sharilyn Bazile at 314-977-2900 to register.Dr. Mary Vermilion

Archaeological Lab Methods Course*

This is a two (2) credit course that emphasizes the scientific methods and procedures used by archaeologists to investigate, reconstruct, interpret, preserve and learn from artifacts, features and ecofacts.  Students learn to process, inventory, analyze and interpret the archaeological record within both regional and site contexts.

The course is taught at Saint Louis University in the Beracha Hall Lab and meets Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  

Please contact Jodi Christy at 314-977-2900 to register.

* Students may register for either or both courses.

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