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Staunton, VA, USA

Program Description

This course (ANTH 494) trains students in methods of archaeological field work.

This year the training will be embedded in a research project designed to explore the probable location of a slave quarter in the rear yard of the historic Presbyterian manse in Staunton, Virginia. Students will become members of the research team devoted to documenting and interpreting the site and, in the process, they will become competent in basic archaeological field techniques. The project will be very visible and students will also be trained in methods of public interpretation.

Location Description

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Historic Site, Staunton, Virginia, USA


Dennis Blanton | | Sociology & Anthropology


Students will be housed in dormitory rooms.

All meals are provided as part of the program.

Additional Items to Consider

ANTH 197 and/or ANTH/HIST 331 are strongly-encouraged prerequisite courses.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Prerequisite: ANTH 197 or equivalent archaeological introduction

Accepting for juniors, seniors, and graduate students

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • List of academic references
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ANTH 494: Archaeological Field Techniques (5 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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