Project Description


The Mohegan field school studies colonial-era sites on the Mohegan Reservation in an innovative collaborative setting. The study of reservation households sheds new light on the rhythms and materiality of everyday life during tumultuous times while providing valuable perspectives on the long-term outcomes of colonial repression, survivance, interaction, and exchange. The field school brings together students and staff of diverse backgrounds to learn about colonial history, the history of North American archaeology, and—most importantly—the often-troubled relationship between archaeologists and indigenous communities. The field school runs as an equal partnership between the Tribe and an academic archaeologist.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: June 20-July 27, 2018
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Total Cost: $3,100
  • Course Type: Field Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline: April 20, 2018
  • Instructors: Dr. Craig N. Cipolla
  • Online Orientation:  May 5, 2018, 11:30 AM PST
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The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Craig N. Cipolla
Dr. Craig N. Cipolla
Dr. Cipolla is the Associate Curator for North American Archaeology at the Royal Ontario Museum and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada.


Attending the Mohegan Archaeological Field School was one of the most impactful and eye-opening learning experiences I have had the privilege to participate in. Through critical discussions, guest lectures, and methodological field training, students like myself were afforded the opportunity to take part in an innovative and truly collaborative research process. Working alongside staff from the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, interns, academic archaeologists like Dr. Craig Cipolla, as well as other students, field school participants learned to apply high-level, critical theories to real-world experiences, in effect coming to understand why those theories are important in the first place. As a graduate student starting to plan a collaborative archaeological dissertation research project, I left the field feeling inspired and I could not be more grateful for this experience!
GeorgeAnn DeAntoni, Ph.D. Student in Anthropological Archaeology, University of California, Santa Cruz
I could not be more grateful for the opportunity I had to do this field school. Between the field work and the deep discussions about collaborative archaeology I know I walked away a better archaeologist than when I came in. Being able to be a part of something much bigger than yourself felt amazing, and knowing that everyone there was equipping us to become better, more aware, and more thoughtful archaeologists is something I could never repay. The staff was amazing and I made so many memories that I will never forget!
Amber Blevins, Senior Anthropology Major, Biola University
My experience at the Mohegan Field School was incredibly meaningful, helping me confirm my career trajectory and providing me with methodological and theoretical skills integral to my success as I apply and am admitted to graduate programs in archaeology. Mohegan Tribal Historic Preservation Officer James Quinn and Dr. Craig Cipolla facilitated conversations on archaeological theories and ethics as well as practical training in survey and excavation, taking interest in the holistic development of each archaeology student. Though I entered the field school daunted due to my inexperience in field work and my Classics-focused university curriculum, I left confident in my performance of archaeological techniques, and inspired to utilize postcolonial approaches in my senior honors thesis. I firmly believe that my success in graduate school and in my future career will be shaped by my unique and educational five weeks in Connecticut facilitated by the Mohegan Tribe and IFR.
Blair Katherine Betik, BA Anthropology and Art History, Southern Methodist University, May 2018

Tuition Includes:

  • Costs of instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • Room & board
  • All local transportation

Student Fees

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a seat in this program.  This program requires an application (no application fee is requested). Only accepted students should pay the deposit fee. Deposit fee is part of the program Tuition. The remaining tuition, minus the $500 deposit, must be paid prior to the tuition deadline (see above under “Course Details”).

Important Note: If you were accepted to this program but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition regardless of attendance in this program. Please read the IFR Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

  • A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
  • A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
  • Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.


Students will live in the comfortable, but modest, student dormitories at Connecticut College. Students will have their own private rooms (with bed, mattress, and dresser) along with access to a communal bathroom. Rooms are NOT air conditioned, so please bring (or plan to purchase) a window fan to keep your room cool. Students will have access to wireless internet while on campus.

All meals are provided through the Connecticut College cafeteria, open 7am to 7pm. Students eat breakfast and dinner in the cafeteria, but are expected to pack a lunch for each day in the field. The cafeteria caters to most dietary restrictions, e.g., vegetarians, food allergy sufferers. Meals are served 7 days a week (even on non-work days) except for July 4th. On that day, all students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own meals.

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Travel Info

Students are responsible for arranging travel to Connecticut College on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 (270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, Connecticut 06320). There is ample parking on campus, so you are free to bring a vehicle. The nearest airport is T.F. Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island (PVD), located 45 miles away. From the airport, we recommend taking a taxi to the Amtrak Train Station in Providence, Rhode Island. The train connects directly to New London Station. Connecticut College is a 5-minute taxi ride away.

Students are required to pick up their room assignments, keys, and introductory materials/instructions on Wednesday June 20th 2018 between 2-4pm on the Connecticut College campus. The field school director will provide students with specific instructions on where to meet on campus by May 2018. If this meeting time does not work, please arrange with the project director an alternative time to check in on June 20th.

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email project director immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.



No visa requirement for US citizens. Citizens of other countries are asked to check the American Embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirement.

Student Safety

Student safety is paramount for the IFR. Unlike many universities who are self-insured, the IFR purchases a range of high end insurance policies from some of the largest insurers in the world. Students in all our international programs have a comprehensive health insurance policy. It covers sickness, and chronic and mental health conditions at 100% of the cost. We have a strong evacuation and extraction policy. We can remove students from any location anywhere in the world with one phone call – whether medical evacuation, political or natural disaster extraction and anything in between. We purchase intelligence services from a global private provider and monitor the world 24/7. We automatically enroll our students to the US State Department STEP program. All of our students receive safety orientations both before and on the first day of each program. Our faculty have all been working in the areas where we operate field schools for years. They are intimately familiar with local customs and traditions, know the landscape well and have deep relationships with local communities.

All our domestic programs are coordinated with local authorities which are informed of our operations. Students in domestic programs are covered by their own health insurance and evacuations are managed by local emergency services, as appropriate.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field (click here for a shortcut). If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with the field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students can contact IFR personnel directly.

Travel does involve risk, but we try to minimize this risk as much as possible. Call us at 877-839-4374 or email us at if you have questions about the safety of particular programs.