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Archaeology Field School

Dates: May 2022 - June 2022
Based: Herstmonceux, UK
Apply by: April 1 2022

The Archaeology Field School at the Bader International Study Centre is an amazing opportunity for Archaeology students, or any student of level 2 standing or above, to experience hands-on archaeology! Spend four weeks at Herstmonceux Castle in the UK and participate in an archaeology dig in CLST 408/6.0's archaeology fieldwork practicum. 

The Gamekeeper's Lodge

Under the expert instruction of professional Archaeologists, students will join in an excavation at the site of the Castle's Gamekeeper's Lodge, constructed circa 1440. First started in the summer of 2021, students will have the chance to personally uncover the history of a long-lost part of the estate!

Take a tour of the dig site here:

Experience Archaeology First Hand

Continue to learn beyond the traditional classroom environment as you take a midterm trip to London, where you will examine sites such as the Temple of Mithras, the British Museum and visit the site of an ongoing commercial dig.

Course Highlights:

  • Immersive: Where better to study archaeological techniques than within the grounds of a medieval castle?
  • Accelerated: Gain 6.0 units in just four weeks
  • Experiential: Get your hands dirty! History will literally be at your fingertips as you unearth and process your own finds
  • Fun: Students will form friendships quickly. Work, live and explore medieval history together
  • Personal: Get the BISC advantages of small class sizes and personalized learning both online and on campus

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Funding Opportunities - On Campus

  • 5 x $5,000 DRAGEN Lab Scholarships available for registered Queen’s students *
  • 5 x $5,000 DRAGEN Lab Scholarships available for registered University of Waterloo studies *

*Funding for the 2021 summer term. Value of scholarships may not reflect the 2022 summer term. Please make sure to check back for updates.

CLST 408/6.0 is an intensive four-week introduction to archaeological methods and interpretation. Over the course of the summer, you will study both Roman and Medieval Britain, and receive training in basic archaeological theory and techniques - all while taking part in over 60 hours of hands-on excavation. With a variety of courses available, applicable to a number of Majors, this is an outstanding opportunity to gain 6.0 credits in just four weeks and free up your Fall semester.


Experiential Learning Opportunities

Delve into an untouched primary source of medieval history and culture under expert guidance. CLST 408/6.0 is in itself one extended, intensive experiential learning opportunity! Students will learn by doing as they methodically dig for evidence of a 15th-century Gamekeeper's Lodge on the Herstmonceux Castle estate. Our Archaeology students will take their weekend midterm trip slightly earlier in the term compared to other Summer+ students so they can focus their efforts on these exciting excavations.

There will be an opportunity to visit London for the weekend to see sites such as the Temple of Mithras, one of the world's most important Roman-era finds, and witness modern archaeology practices first-hand with a trip to a commercial dig site. See how archaeologists work around mega construction projects, often while up against tight deadlines, to unearth the hidden histories beneath our feet. 

Mithras The London Mithraeum, Walbrook Street, City of London

Dr. Amelia Fairman

Our Field School Director – pictured here on an excavation in Luxor, Egypt – is archaeologist Amelia Fairman, MA who joins the BISC with a wealth of experience in both research and commercial archaeology. Under her direction, Field School students will:

♦ Receive training in basic archaeological theory and techniques

♦ Stay overnight in London to visit a commercial dig

♦ Be introduced to experts and receive insights into archaeology as a profession

♦ Visit an archaeologists' office to understand how finds are processed and preserved

♦ Visit the British Museum to see to see world famous archaeological finds

♦ Present your work at an End of Term conference and share your findings with the local community as you curate a cabinet in the BISC's Visitor Centre

♦ Learn key intercultural skills as well as research skills

♦ Add vital experience to your resume to give you the edge in applying for graduate school, or future employment

♦ Your fees cover 6.0 tuition credits, room and board in our on-campus halls of residence, midterm trip travel, experiential learning opportunities and accommodation PLUS all campus services and transfers from/to London Heathrow airport

♦ A generous Financial Aid package is available. Contact us for more information on how to apply.

Queen's Students

  • Make sure you meet these basic prerequisites:
  • ♦ Minimum 1.6 GPA ♦ Good academic standing ♦ Level 2 standing (by time program starts)
  • Request to change campus
  • Receive campus confirmation from Undergraduate Admission
  • Register in class on SOLUS (pre-reqs may apply to some courses)
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Non-Queen's Students

  • Make sure you meet the basic prerequisites for studying abroad at your home institution.
  • Apply online
  • Register online for your chosen program
  • Submit Letter of Permission
  • Accept your offer
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What is a Letter of Permission?


A Letter of Permission (LOP) is an official document issued by your home institution. The LOP allows you to take courses for credit at the BISC for a specified semester/program, transferring the credits back to your home institution for the purpose of completing your university degree.

Your academic advisor or the person issuing the LOP will typically look at the course content and your current transcript to assess whether you will be academically prepared for the course/program. Pre-requisite courses listed on the BISC website are therefore not necessarily mandatory for non-Queen's students, but may be used as part of the assessment process by your home institution when granting an LOP.

We will also make admission decisions based on current transcripts, but please note that without an LOP you may not be able to transfer credits back to your home institution.

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**Diversity: The representation of the population with respect to designated groups. 

***Inclusion: The climate and acceptance of differences that comes with diversity i.e. different ways of living and working. 

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Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
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