THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI | (662) 915-2746 | | Home | Ole Miss
Rose Hill, VA

Rose Hill, VA

Archaeology Field School

ANTH 335

Itinerary subject to change. Please verify specific dates with instructor and confirm that the course has adequate enrollment to make before making travel arrangements.

To Register

Click here to download registration forms.

Printable PDF

Students will:

  • Excavate a 14th century Native American Mississippian mound and village site.
  • Assist in excavating portions of three houses, to look for evidence of shell bead production, food remains, and household relationships, and identify change over time at the site.
  • Learn basic archaeological methods, including excavating, mapping, surveying, and artifact identification.
  • Earn 6 hours of methods course credit, which is highly advised for students interested careers in archaeology, employment in private sector archaeology, or graduate school.


Pre-departure meeting will take place on the Oxford campus on May 30. Students will travel to Lee County, Virginia on May 31 and return home on June 24.

Who should go?

Students interested in learning how to do archaeology; students interested in archaeology as a career (field school is required); students needing 6 hours methods credit in anthropology. Students must be willing and able to work outside for long periods of time as well as work in group settings. Interested majors may include but are not limited to: Anthropology, History, Geology, and Southern Studies


The program dates are May 30-June 24, 2017.


Students should plan to be on the Oxford campus by May 30 and make their own travel arrangements to Lee County. If travel by air, students should arrive to Knoxville, Tennessee or Lexington, Kentucky, and arrange to rent a car to get to the site. The instructor can facilitate ride sharing.


Course fee is $695. Included in the course fee are housing and select group meals. Excluded from the cost are the Study USA application fee, tuition, travel/airfare, and personal spending money.


UM Students, Faculty Take Learning on the Road

Study USA program gearing up for hands-on Wintersession courses in four exciting locales

Go to Article

UM Faculty, Students Prepare for Learning Adventures Across the Country

StudyUSA program participants can learn in a variety of cities this summer

Read Article