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IFR Board Member Wins MacArthur Grant

Jason de Leon, a Founding IFR Board Member, was announced yesterday as a recipient of the 2017 MacArthur Foundation Award. Also known as "genius grants," the awards are given annually to individuals who show exceptional creativity [...]

October 12th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on IFR Board Member Wins MacArthur Grant

What did IFR students find this year?

From Israel - Tel Abel Beth Maacah: “This bearded male figure head made of faience (a kind of glass derivative), with a decorated headband and distinct coiffure, is being held for [...]

January 11th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on What did IFR students find this year?

Experience of Field Schools for Students of Archaeology

Archaeologists typically get their first hands-on research experience through a field school. Field schools, therefore, are crucibles for our profession. Not all field school students eventually become professional archaeologists, but all who participate have formative [...]

March 27th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Experience of Field Schools for Students of Archaeology

From Primates to Plants: Forest Ecology in the Rungan

Receive $300 off the tuition for the Indonesia: Rungan Forest Ecology Field School for applying by 5pm Pacific Standard Time on March 15th, 2019. From the beginning of July until last week we have been [...]

February 28th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on From Primates to Plants: Forest Ecology in the Rungan

Thinking Big, Thinking Synthetic Archaeology

The IFR is proud to become an institutional partner of the new Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis (CfAS). The CfAS is the outcome of a workshop held at the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, NM) [...]

January 26th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Thinking Big, Thinking Synthetic Archaeology

SAA Travel, Paper, and Poster Awards

Each year, thousands of archaeologists and students from around the world gather at the most important archaeology conference in the United States-- the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) annual meeting-- to share their most recent [...]

February 6th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on SAA Travel, Paper, and Poster Awards

IFR Board Member Giving to the Archaeological Community

The backbone of the Institute for Field Research is our accomplished Board of Directors. The IFR board conducts an annual peer-review of every single IFR field school to ensure that the highest quality of research and [...]

September 8th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on IFR Board Member Giving to the Archaeological Community

Hot ‘n Sticky

It's getting warmer, so we're looking backwards Global temperatures are predicted to rise by anywhere from 2 to 6 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. As our planet moves into a warmer future, [...]

January 12th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Hot ‘n Sticky

Salvaging Heritage

Melting away the evidence One of the major themes of the Arctic Vikings Field School is to explore the long-term history of climatic change in Greenland and how people in the past adjusted to those [...]

January 12th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Salvaging Heritage

The Gallina Phase: Hillbillies or Hippies?

By Gary Chandler, 2019 Field School Student from New Mexico: Puebloan Rebels of The Southwest Have you ever tried putting together a complex jigsaw puzzle?  You eventually find one piece that doesn’t [...]

January 29th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on The Gallina Phase: Hillbillies or Hippies?

Human Connection, Past and Present

I’ve been working with community members in Dos Mangas since 2006. The community has steadily built an audience for ecotourism through careful management of their forest resources and investments in village infrastructure. Critical to these [...]

December 10th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Human Connection, Past and Present

How field school made me a researcher

I’m Julian Gonzalez, a Psychology major and Anthropology minor studying at California State University, Los Angeles. When I expressed to my professor that I was interested in attending a field school, he immediately recommended [...]

December 17th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on How field school made me a researcher

IFR 2017 Scholarships

The IFR announces its multiple 2017 field school scholarships in seven different categories! We would like to highlight our Opportunity Scholarships, covering the full cost of field school tuition and airfare. Students are [...]

December 26th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on IFR 2017 Scholarships

What did IFR students find this year?

From Israel - Tel Abel Beth Maacah: “Here is a special find from our last excavation season at Abel Beth Maacah in Israel - a small ivory seal depicting a head [...]

January 30th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on What did IFR students find this year?

A Day in the Life at Corral Redondo, Peru

[Traducción al español abajo] Last summer, the Corral Redondo Archaeology Project began its first season of a multidisciplinary effort to reexamine the previously excavated site of Corral Redondo, near the town of La Victoria [...]

April 19th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on A Day in the Life at Corral Redondo, Peru

Jason De León recipient of the Margaret Mead Award

IFR Board Member, Jason De León, "is the 2016 recipient of the Margaret Mead Award for his scholarship, including the book, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Sonoran Desert Migrant [...]

November 29th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Jason De León recipient of the Margaret Mead Award

Thinking Outside the Box

Mav·er·ick (/ˈmav(ə)rik), a noun, refers to an unorthodox or independent-minded person. Maverick Archaeologist, a pronoun, refers to scholars who are pushing the intellectual envelope of archaeology and changing the way we think and understand the [...]

March 19th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Thinking Outside the Box

Drawing in the Margins: Painting A Fuller Picture of The Ancient Southwest

The Gallina people inhabited an area of high elevations with inaccessible mesas, razorback ridges, and deep canyons (Photo 1). This rugged landscape was one of the reasons early archaeologists called them “isolated,” “backwards,” or even [...]

March 18th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Drawing in the Margins: Painting A Fuller Picture of The Ancient Southwest

New field school trains students in archaeology database creation

Archaeologists have been enthusiastic early adopters of digital technology. Much of the data presently collected in the field – from Total Station to remote sensing, images and analytical instrument output – is now born digital. [...]

January 19th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on New field school trains students in archaeology database creation

The Story of Amache: Security vs. Civil Rights

Sense of Place for the Displaced The Amache field school explores a location where Japanese immigrants to the US and their descendants were incarcerated at a time of international strife. We have primarily approached this [...]

March 20th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on The Story of Amache: Security vs. Civil Rights

Updates from the Field 2019

Summer is here, and our field season is in full swing! From museum studies to primatology to indigenous archaeology, IFR students are engaged in hands-on research around the world. Check out the following updates [...]

September 6th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Updates from the Field 2019

A Perspective from an IFR Vera Campbell Scholarship Winner

Students who attend IFR field schools come from all walks of life and have unique reasons for joining a program. Some attend a field school in order to determine if archaeology is a career option. [...]

October 11th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on A Perspective from an IFR Vera Campbell Scholarship Winner

Heading to the Capital!

Every year the IFR offers two SAA Travel Award scholarships, to give undergraduate students the opportunity to attend the most prestigious academic conference for archaeology in North America, the Society for American Archaeology. In addition to [...]

March 13th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Heading to the Capital!

A Day Living and Working in the Forest

It’s 6:30am and the rustle of sleepy people and groans next to me confirms it’s time to get a move on to make sure I’m ready to pounce on breakfast before the good stuff disappears. [...]

November 27th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on A Day Living and Working in the Forest

The story of stuff, the story of us

“Rock and Stone: Material Culture and Cultures of Making” is a multidisciplinary field course that aims to study the natural resources of pre-Alpine mountains and its immediate surroundings. The theoretical question driving the program is [...]

January 12th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on The story of stuff, the story of us

The Border Trilogy

In the aftermath of Trumps executive order to separate illegal immigrant children from their parents on the U.S. – Mexico Border, the U.S. government is scrambling to reunite the families. The Wall Street Journal reported [...]

July 15th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on The Border Trilogy

Anthropowhat?

Is data on a vacation? As of late, climate change has been quite the raging topic among the heated…or rather, burning, polarization occurring in politics. What might be the most concerning is that data is [...]

January 12th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Anthropowhat?

Increasing College Tuition, Field Schools and You

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that once again, college tuition is increasing (see here). Citing College Board Senior Policy Research Scientist Jennifer Ma, the article states, “The price increases [for 2017] are moderate, but [...]

November 2nd, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Increasing College Tuition, Field Schools and You

50,000 years in 34 days

A typical meal in the sky “Wait, where did you say you’re going after this?!?” asked the baffled man sitting next to me on the plane. At this point in my journey [...]

September 14th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on 50,000 years in 34 days

An inside look at my internship with the IFR

My name is Marisa Saldaña, and I am a senior at the University of La Verne majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Public Affairs and minoring in Anthropology. I have always been interested [...]

May 22nd, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on An inside look at my internship with the IFR

Connecting the Disciplinary Dots in Field Research

From primate behavior to artificial intelligence to human cognition, we covered the gamut with Evolutionary Anthropologist and Cognitive Psychologist, Dr. Chris Krupenye. When we talk to prospective students about IFR field schools, we frequently encounter [...]

January 31st, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Connecting the Disciplinary Dots in Field Research

An Interview with Dr. Mark Harrison

Meet Dr. Mark E. Harrison, Ecologist at the Borneo Nature Foundationand Director of our Indonesia: Peat Ecology field school. The program is based in the Sebangau peat-swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo – the [...]

August 1st, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on An Interview with Dr. Mark Harrison
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