•    Raise awareness and enhance the protection of our shared human past.
  •    Reinforce the idea that archaeology is a public good by fortifying the place
    the discipline holds in the public consciousness and imagination.
  •    Expand the offerings of archaeology field schools to students across the world.
  •    Develop a system of excellence in both research and pedagogy.
  •    Use economies of scale to ensure the affordability,
    growth and sustainability of our field schools.

The IFR Story

The Institute for Field Research (IFR) was created in March 2011 by a group of leading academic archaeologists (see our Board of Directors). Operating as an independent, nonprofit academic organization has allowed us to break down traditional institutional barriers and deliver archaeology field schools to students regardless of the university in which they matriculate.  Furthermore, by working with leading scholars from universities around the world, the IFR delivers a broad range of regional and temporal programs while ensuring excellence in research and teaching.  Students are no longer limited to the expertise of faculty members at their home campus, and faculty can recruit the best students from across the world.
The IFR signed an affiliation agreement with UCLA Extension in 2015. UCLA is a top ranked research institution recognized globally as a leading university (see the National Academy of Sciences rankings). Through this agreement, students receive 12 quarter credit units (equivalent to 8 semester units) for attending any of our field schools. UCLA Extension courses provide unit credits toward bachelor’s degrees across all campuses of the University of California and the California State University System. They may also be accepted at many academic institutions nationwide.  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss unit transferability with their home institution adviser before committing to any of the IFR field schools.


Dr. Ran Boytner

Dr. Ran Boytner

Executive Director & Founder

Ran Boytner is the Founding Executive Director of the IFR. He earned his Ph.D. degree in archaeology from UCLA in 1998 and worked extensively in archaeological excavations in Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Israel and California. Until 2010, he was the Director for International Research at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, a position he left to establish the IFR.

Dr. Boytner specializes in complex societies, the relationships between archaeology and politics, and ancient textiles and dyes. Dr. Boytner works primarily in the Andes but has an interest in the role of archaeology in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dr. Danny Zborover

Dr. Danny Zborover

 Director of Archaeology

Danny Zborover is a historical archaeologist who specializes in Mesoamerican literate societies. He received his PhD in archaeology from the University of Calgary (Canada) and his MA from Leiden University (The Netherlands). Dr. Zborover held Post-Doctoral positions at UC San Diego and Brown University and taught at UCSD and UCLA. He participated in archaeological projects in Mexico, Ecuador, Canada, and Israel.

Dr. Zborover is interested in the juncture between archaeology, historical records, and ethnographic studies. He had written extensively about indigenous cultures and colonial transformations in Oaxaca and northern Mexico. He is the co-director of the IFR field school in Mexico.

Miriam Bar-Zemer

 Program Manager

Miriam Bar-Zemer graduated from Oberlin College in the Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies.  In addition, Ms. Bar-Zemer holds a certificate from UC Berkeley in Design Innovation for Sustainable Cities.  Ms. Bar-Zemer has been involved with environmental research on the impact of education and feedback information on peoples’ consumptive behavior and resource use.

Ms. Bar-Zemer is interested in studying urban ecology and design, with a focus on the impact of urbanization on human behavior and relationship to place.


UCLA is our academic partner.  Students attending IFR field schools are awarded 12 quarter credit units through UCLA Extension.  For more details, click here.
The Balkan Heritage Foundation is an official research partner of the IFR.  Beginning in 2015, IFR and BHF are jointly offering field schools across the Balkans, covering a wide range of time periods, sites and specialties.
Collasuyo Archaeological Research Institute (CARI) is a research partner in Peru.  CARI is registered in Peru as an NGO that provides logistical support to researchers engaged in the archaeological and anthropological study of Andean culture and prehistory in the Lake Titicaca Basin.

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