Friday, March 25, 2011

FYI: Archaeology Summer School

South Africa Paleontology, Paleoanthropology and Paleoecology Summer School through Arizona State

May 21–June 19, 2011 (6 credits)

The Institute of Human Origins in ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change, in conjunction with the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town (UCT), offers an internship focused on the west coast of South Africa. The ASU course co-coordinator is associate professor Kaye Reed, and the UCT course co-coordinator is Dr. Deano Stynder. In the program, students will learn about the ecology, paleoecology, and conservation of the unique habitat of this region; excavate 730,000-year-old fossils; and become familiar with the geology of the area.
For the first two weeks after arrival, you will attend lectures (along with UCT post-graduate students) in the analysis of African fauna at the University of Cape Town. During this time, you will reside in a conveniently located youth hostel and will have the opportunity to explore the sites and sounds of Cape Town on your own time. We leave for the field during the third week. For the next two weeks, we will excavate a newly discovered fossil locality (a series of paleo-hyena dens) that might date to the Middle Pleistocene. This locality is packed with faunal remains; it might even contain hominin remains (Homo heidelbergensis)! You will have ample opportunity to excavate and put into practice your newly acquired faunal identification skills! While in the field, we will live in a spacious house in the seaside village of Strandfontein. During the evenings, you will be expected to assist with the curation of the day's excavated finds and also to attend occasional lectures by staff and visitors.


May 21-22:  Arrive in Cape Town
May 23-June 3:  Faunal lectures at the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town
June 4-18:  Fieldwork at Cliff Point on the west coast of South Africa
June 19:  Program ends


Students will receive 6 credits of ASM 338: Anthropological Field Sessions for participation in this program. 

Application Process

(Deadline to apply is April 1, 2011; decision made by April 22, 2011.)
Step 1
Students must submit their application, along with a 1-page, double-spaced statement explaining their academic background/goals, their research interests and why they are interested in participating in this fieldwork experience; they must also turn in an unofficial transcript (available through MyASU). Click here to download the application.
Step 2
Admitted students will be notified whether or not they are accepted into the internship by April 22. Once admitted, students will be required to sign up for the internship program through the Study Abroad office and pay a $100 application fee, which will go towards student health insurance while abroad.
Step 3
Students will sign up for 6 credits of ASM 338 Anthropological Field Sessions and attend a pre-departure orientation.
All materials should be handed to Lexi Shulla, the study abroad program assistant, in SHESC 233. Questions should be directed to


Below is a list of expected costs.
Program Time
32 Days
Application Deposit and Health Insurance
Required # of Credit Hours
ASU In-State Tuition*

ASU Out-of-State Tuition (6 credits)*
Health Insurance
Program Fee (includes all accommodations, food while in the field, transportation to internship activities, laboratory supplies and training materials). This will be payable upon arrival at Cape Town.
Recommended Allowance for Food while in Cape Town
Recommended Allowance for Other Expenses (laundry, Internet, souvenirs and extra spending)
*Based on 2009-2010 tuition, subject to change. Please check the tuition and fees schedule for the most up-to-date tution prices.

Call for applications opens soon. Places in the program are awarded in the order of application, so early application is always advised to be sure of securing a space. 

Study Abroad Program Coordinator
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Arizona State University | P.O. Box 872402 | Tempe, Arizona 85287-2402
480.965.1366 Fax: 480.965.7671 | e-mail:

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