At SECAR, we run a continuous archaeological field school from January - August each year (rolling deadline). The SECAR idea was initially conceived to provide people interested in archaeology with an opportunity to participate in a real archaeological excavation. Field school members are not required to have been on a dig previously. However, this does not mean that people with a few archaeological excavations under their belt are not welcome. We tailor our field school to the particular needs of all our students. Visit the current research section to see in which excavations you can take part.
Taking part in our field school, you learn all dimensions of archaeological field- and lab work, including excavation- and survey techniques, archaeological drawing and photography, artifact processing, identification and conservation, report preparation, legislation, and much more. During the field school you will be completely immersed into the island's history. You will receive presentations and lectures about artifacts we find, the island's history and archaeology, and archaeological methods and techniques. We frequently have visiting professors that present their research at SECAR as well. If students have particular interests or have a particular project they would like to work on (for example thesis research), we can provide the necessary guidance. Our field school is therefore also particularly suited for archaeology/anthropology students.
Our schedule includes fieldwork in the mornings (8am - 12) and lab work in the afternoons (1 - 4pm) from Monday to Friday. On Fridays we have a half-day excursion or field trip to other sites around the island. Weekends are free and can be spent relaxing on the beach, kayaking, exploring the beautiful historic town, snorkeling or scuba diving on some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean, or hiking the spectacular trails on the dormant Quill volcano. For more information on things to do on the island, please visit the things to do section.
Our field school students come from all over the world. We usually have a good mix of male/female, younger/older people, and different nationalities. Click here to see what our previous students have to say about their experience with us.