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Some students need to take the road less traveled. Classroom experience is simply not enough. These students seek to challenge both body and mind in the pursuit of knowledge. They wish to enhance their academic careers and at the same time, hope to gain life experience that furthers their education in ways unavailable on most university campuses. Are you one of these students?

At the IFR, we embrace these distinctive learners. We provide students with the opportunity to join a leading group of archaeologists as they embark on expeditions of discovery throughout the world. Students expand their knowledge of the past, explore cultures vastly different than their own, and deepen their understanding of themselves by participating in archaeological fieldwork. It is the kind of academically rigorous, intellectually rewarding and physically demanding endeavor that asks of all its participants to dig deeper.  Watch our video channel for some exciting visual postcards from the field.

Places

Archaeologists conduct fieldwork at all four corners of the world. So it should come as no surprise that the IFR offers field schools in distinctive locations throughout the globe and within the US. Each field school reflects the culture, histories and character of the region, including the language, environment, resources and food. In addition, each field school has its own set of research practices, from survey and excavations to conservation and ethnoarchaeolgy. We invite you to explore the unique and diverse field schools the IFR offers. The collection of sites and countries may read like a travel brochure of incredible adventure. But make no mistake about the choice of settings and the activity involved – all are places of archaeological and academic excellence.

 

Compass

Experience

Out here taking a college course takes on a whole new meaning. Comforts of the dorm and formalities of the classroom are nowhere to be found. The curriculum involves physical work, sturdy tools and sensitive state-of-the-art equipment. Concentration and imagination are required. The learning is hands-on, from surveying and mapping to data gathering, analysis and reporting.

Out here nothing is kickback or laidback. Everything is engaging and enriching. Together, with a handful of like-minded co-eds you will unearth the past, discovering not only ancient ways of life and long gone civilizations, but also revelations about yourself and your ability to engage in such an intensive and absorbing experience. What you take away lasts a lifetime.

 

Out here is home to the IFR and a faculty of some of the world’s leading archaeologists. Their investigations and excavations are extraordinary. The approach is similar to a graduate program; intimate, inclusive and collaborative. Indeed, if you have an aptitude for the discipline, a certain penchant for exploration and discovery, or just the inclination to challenge your mind and body, then dig in to this website and find out more. 

Stories

Our field schools are transformative, authentic, and immersive. They often are located in remote places. The research can be painstakingly detailed. Teamwork and collaboration are always critically important. So it is not uncommon for students to ask themselves at some point, “What am I really getting into here?”

To help answer this and other related questions, or as we like to say, “help you dig deeper”, we have gathered some first-hand accounts. Finding out what others have to say about their IFR experience will certainly add to yours.  

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Latest News

Charles Stanish joins IFR Board of Directors


Charles Stanish
We are proud to announce that Charles Stanish is joining our Board of Directors.  Prof. Stanish is the Lloyd Cotsen Chair in Archaeology and Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA (CIoA).  He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute.  Prof. Stanish is an expert in Andean archaeology and the evolution of social complexity and political economy. 

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The IFR has a YouTube Channel

The Institute for Field Research now has its own YouTube channel.  The channel is dedicated to videos from archaeology field schools across the world.  It depicts the exciting research, training and pedagogy in archaeology field setting and documents the joys, challenges and the sometimes funny events that take place in field schools.  There are even some historical videos from 1936 that you may find interesting (and are part from our "Dig Deeper" exhibit, presently on view at UCLA).  

Give us a watch!