Field School 2016

Join the dig & earn creditsMay 31–July 8, 2016


Note: Information about the 2017 field school will be posted before the end of January.


Be part of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project’s ongoing mission to excavate, interpret, preserve, conserve, and research findings from the site of England’s first successful colony in North America by participating in the Jamestown Rediscovery’s annual Archaeological Field School from May 31 to July 8, 2016!

The Program

Jamestown’s Field School provides a unique opportunity for students to make a contribution to the research and interpretation of early 17th-century English-America. The Field School, jointly offered by the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation and University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences, introduces participants to the methods and theories of American historical archaeology through hands-on fieldwork on the site of James Fort (1607-1624). Over the course of the Field School, students will learn excavation and recording procedures as well as how to identify and interpret 17th-century European and Native American artifacts. The Field School will include field trips and weekly seminars exploring recent contributions of historical archaeology to colonial history, new methods in field recording and interpretation, and a survey of the recent literature in the discipline, including new publications by the Field School director and senior staff. Both untrained and experienced students will learn practical archaeological skills and the course is also an excellent educational opportunity for teachers seeking recertification in the social studies content area.

Course Requirements

Field School Director: William M. Kelso, Ph.D., (Hon.) CBE, FSA

Students will be required to attend classes 40 hours a week (Monday-Friday) with most of that time spent on site during excavation. Strenuous daily activity will require physical endurance and excellent health. Students also will gain experience in the Jamestown Rediscovery laboratory, spending time processing and learning to identify artifacts from the early Anglo-American settlement period. Students will be required to keep a journal of their field, lab, and seminar work.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive six graduate credits (Anthropology 5589) from the University of Virginia. Students wishing to transfer credits must make arrangements directly with their college or university. Educators wishing to apply this course toward recertification must obtain prior approval from the their school systems. See below for 2016 Tuitions rates and fees as well as information on housing.

Application and Selection Process

To apply, please submit an application form (download application form); a résumé; a statement of personal and professional reasons for wanting to participate in the Jamestown archaeological field school; any other evidence of a well-rounded personality, the ability to work with others, and physical fitness; and two recommendation letters (download recommendation form). A current or previous affiliation with the University of Virginia is not required to attend the field school. Completed applications must be received by April 22, 2016.

Applicants will be selected based upon a review of their résumé, application form, statement of personal and professional reasons for wanting to attend the school, and recommendations. Applicants will be notified no later than May 3, 2016. (In some cases, early acceptance may be granted).


Please contact Meghan Lamoreaux at or by phone at 757-229-4997 x100.

2016 Tuition Rates and Fees

In-State Tuition (Virginia Residents)
Undergraduate Students: $2,178 ($363 per credit hour)
Graduate Students: $2,436 ($406 per credit hour)
Out-of-State Tuition (Non-Virginia Residents)
Undergraduate Students: $3,888 ($648 per credit hour)**
Graduate Students: $2,472 ($412 per credit hour)**

**Tuition rates reflect a scholarship of 50% provided by the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation for out-of-state students accepted into the Field School. The University of Virginia's current tuition is $1,296 per credit hour for out-of-state undergraduate students and $824 per credit hour for out-of-state graduate students.
An additional off-site fee of $120 is required by the University of Virginia for both in-state and out-of-state students.
The University of Virginia's list of tuition rates and fees can be viewed here.

Room and Board

Air-conditioned apartments with kitchen facilities are available at the College of William & Mary. Apartments have a full bath, kitchen, and dining room. However participants must provide their own linens, cookware, utensils, and microwave (if desired). If preferred, students may make their own arrangements for housing.

Double Occupancy (shared bedroom in a shared apartment): $25/night
Single Occupancy (private bedroom in a shared apartment): $35/night
Private Apartment: $50/night

Field school participants staying at the College of William & Mary may also sign up for a meal plan, if desired. Information about plan options and costs will be included in the information packet sent to accepted students.