Belize Field Program

Students at the Belize Archaeology Field Program

Costa Rica Field School 2008

Dr. Glenn and students observing monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica

Mona monkey skull

Mona monkey skull used in teaching and research

Skeletal specimen

Specimen from the skeletal collections at our labs

Spider monkeys

Spider monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica

Study abroad in Tibet

Study abroad in Tibet

Alisha Gaskins

Former student Alisha Gaskins completing a facial reconstruction

San Nicolas

Melinda Salisbury and Laura Monterrosa measuring pit depth at San Nicolas

Aten Temple-Tell el Amarna

small Aten Temple-Tell el Amarna

West Africa Magnuson monkeys

Former Graduate student Lindsay Magnuson tracking monkeys in West Africa

Anthropology student

Anthropology student

Student Making Peanut Butter in Bolivia

Erin Wheelis making peanut butter, Bolivia Peace Corps

Dai Sun Xian Ceremony

Dai Suan xian ceremony

Anthropology Student dancing in field in

Anthropology students immersed in the Grenadian culture

Dai Dinner

Dai Dinner

Howling monkeys

Howling monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Field School 2008

Students in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the end of the Costa Rica Primate Field Program

Costa Rica Field School 2008

Students at the Costa Rica Primate Field Program

Belize Field School

Dr. Cortes-Rincon and students at the Belize Archaeology Field Program

Costa Rica Field School 2008

Students observing monkeys at La Selva, Costa Rica

HSU Anthropology Majors Stirred by Belize Discoveries

Students in HSU's Department of Anthropology are uncovering ancient Maya ruins while transecting dense forest in the South American Country of Belize. Read more about their discoveries on Humboldt State NOW »

Talk to your advisor about how field opportunities can count towards your Anthropology Major requirements.


Field Opportunities

Belize Archaeology Field Program

The field school program involves survey, excavation at several Maya sites, and laboratory experience working directly with excavated Maya artifacts. Field techniques, lectures on Maya culture history and instruction concerning artifact analysis are provided during each session. Learn archaeological techniques, visit ancient ruins and earn HSU units in these two courses:

  • ANTH 306, 3 units: Cultures of Belize

This course examines Belizean cultures, history and development. Students will study the impacts of ethnicity, class and gender experiences in various cultural practices, and examine the concepts of cultural identity and ethnic diversity in Belize.

  • ANTH 357, 3 units: Field Archaeology

The principal focus of the course will be instruction in techniques required for field research. Students will learn how to map using different techniques (i.e. tape and compass, Total Mapping Station, and Global Positioning System). Field training will be supplemented by lectures. Subjects vary but generally cover excavation objectives, lithic analysis, ceramic analysis, osteological analysis, Mesoamerican warfare, and Maya prehistory.

Learn more about the Belize Archaeology Field Program

Costa Rica Primate Field Program

  • ANTH 339, 3 units: Costa Rican Primate Behavior
  • ANTH 339, 3 units: Neotropical Ecology
  • ANTH 306, 3 units: Costa Rican Cultures

The Costa Rica Primate Field Program provides an opportunity for students to study in a unique region of the world and to practice anthropological concepts and techniques. The program will take place at the La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. The three week intensive program will be offered to all qualified Humboldt State University students, as well as to qualifying students from other institutions.

Learn more about the Costa Rica Primate Field Program.

Ethnobotany & Basket Weaving

  • ANTH 485, 2 Units: Ethnobotany & Basket Weaving

This is a special topics course, which will include travel to the Klamath/Salmon River area for a weekend to meet with and learn from members of the Karuk Indigenous Basket Weavers and California Indian Basket Weavers Association.

Learn more about Ethnobotany & Basket Weaving.

Medieval Forensic Anthropology - Poland
July 7-25, 2014 - Bezlawki, NE Poland

The Medieval Forensic Anthropology Field Program in Poland is an excellent and unique opportunity to work side-by-side with Polish archaeologists and HSU instructors while excavating, analyzing and cataloging human remains in Poland . The field site where this work takes place is Bezławki, in north eastern Poland . This site contains between 40 and 50 human skeletons dating between 14 c. AD and 15/16 c. AD. This was a period of cultural and religious transition in Poland, and at this site you may see evidence of some very interesting burial rites.

You will receive training in archaeological and bioarchaeological field and laboratory methods by excavating and helping to analyze the remains found, under the supervision of program staff. You will also learn about Polish history and culture, as well as experience life in a country that has been a crossroads of central Europe for hundreds of years.

This six-unit program consists of two courses.

  • ANTH 485, Poland Field Program Preparation, is a three-unit course that is primarily offered online. Part of this course includes two on-campus meetings.
  • ANTH 339, Bioarchaeology: Poland, (3 units) will take place in Poland from July 7-25, 2014.

More information and applications will be available soon!

Contact Information for the Field Program in Poland

Ariel Gruenthal
Office: BSS 522
Office Hours: Wed 10-11:50
Phone: 826-4560

Mary Glenn
Phone: (707)826-3126

Marissa Ramsier

Office: BSS 524
Phone: (707) 826-4849