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.
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. 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.
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in the Mohegan Archaeological Field School. In addition to promoting the development of crucial archaeological field and laboratory techniques, I felt that the program helped me to synthesize lofty theoretical anthropological and archaeological concepts in a way that actually pertained to practical application. The instructors at the field school, some of whom were tribal members, provided exceptional training and thought-provoking discussion. Beyond sharing his extensive expertise, Dr. Craig Cipolla took a genuine interest in the progress of each student and offered much-appreciated guidance. The skills I learned there will serve me well in my future career and in my daily life.
Jamie Greenland-Burnett, Master of Arts in Sociocultural Anthropology, Columbia University
Participating in the field school was personally a pretty revolutionary experience. Being able to participate in something that was holistically educational and collaborative was a unique and amazing opportunity that not only changed my career path, but I believe is also changing the field of archaeology as a whole. I am incredibly thankful for the experience and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is even slightly interested, you’ll get more out of it than you ever imagined!
Natasha Miller, BA in Anthropology and Statistics from the University of Minnesota Morris, May 2016
I undertook a placement at the Mohegan field school in the summer of 2015 as part of my degree in Archaeology at the University of Leicester. I enjoyed every aspect of the field school as it was a perfect blend of field-based work, as well as lectures that were given by various members of the on-site team. I also enjoyed learning about the history of the Mohegan people and their various cultural and religious beliefs, which helped me to fully understand why we undertook the excavations and how they would help the society. On the whole, it was a perfect way to spend part of the summer, digging in the sun.
Sohail Khan, BA Archaeology, University of Leicester
This was my second excavation I had attended, and I was very anxious about the length and how I would do because of my level of experience. However, with attending The Mohegan Field School, it was the best academic choice I could have made. It was so much fun! The staff and students were knowledgeable, helpful, and kind. Other than working in the field, we were able to work in the lab which is something I wasn’t able to do at my last excavation. It was wonderful to finally get lab time. On top of sharpening my archaeological skills, I had the pleasure of expanding my knowledge in regard to the culture of the Mohegan people and the other students who attended. If given the chance to do it again, I would sign up immediately. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in archaeology.
Shannon Schwab, History and Archaeology, University of Maryland
Costs of instruction
Room & board
All local transportation
A deposit of $500 is required. Once your application is accepted, the deposit fee secures your seat in this project. This program requires an application. There is no application fee. Only accepted students are provided with the link to pay the deposit fee.
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.
Students are responsible for arranging travel to Connecticut College on June 26th, 2016 (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 Sunday June 26th, 2016 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 2016. If this meeting time does not work, please arrange with the project director an alternative time to check in on June 26th.
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 email@example.com if you have questions about the safety of particular programs.