Uganda - Ntusi


Ntusi is a site covering an area of more than 100 hectares, situated in the grasslands of south western Uganda.  Occupied throughout the first half of the second millennium CE, Ntusi is the earliest archaeological site in the Great Lakes region of Africa demonstrating the development of centralized societies. The 2014 field school will seek to test current interpretations of the site by conducting excavation in new areas, applying new analytical techniques and exploring Ntusi’s relationship with its immediate hinterland. The main research focus will be on the northeast part of the site, which will establish the organization of space, the economic base and the date of occupation of the location. In addition to excavation, students will be involved in the recovery of palaeobotanical remains and the processing and recording of abundant assemblages of pottery and animal bone. A limited amount of field survey will be undertaken to identify sites for future investigation.  Students will visit various local natural and cultural locations – such as papyrus swamps and cattle enclosures – to consider their significance in understanding the past.  

Uganda Ntusi Archaeology Field School - Institute for Field Research Field Schools Uganda - Ntusi18-352014-06-20
Course Dates: Jun 21 - Jul 26 2014
Enrollment Status: CLOSED 
Total Cost: $ 4,950 
Course Type: Field Archaeology
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Reid



Andrew Reid

Dr. Andrew Reid

Dr. Reid ( is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.  For more information, click here.


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Student Fees

Early Enrollment Begins November 15 - Full payment must be received by April 1  
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 4,450 USD Tuition: 4,540 USD 

Late Enrollment Begins April 2 - Full payment must be received 10 days prior to course start date
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 4,550 USD Tuition: 4,640 USD 


The entire stay at Ntusi will involve camping and you will need to bring a tent and sleeping bag.  A shower and toilet block will be constructed at the campsite prior to your arrival. Remote though the location may be and basic as the camp will be, there is a good WiFi and mobile telephone signal allowing students to keep in touch with the outside world.  The camp is also frequented by a dazzling array of bird life, from fabulous sunbirds to majestic crested cranes.

MEALS:  All meals will be communal and will make the most of local produce including bananas, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, pineapples, peanuts, mangos, water melons, jackfruit, finger millet, peas, beans, papayas, beef and fish.  This field school can cater for vegetarians and have catered for vegans and gluten-intolerants in the past.  However, you MUST contact the field school director prior to application to explore the possibility of accommodating specific dietary needs.