Project Description

In light of a changing COVID-19 landscape, including the rapid spread of more contagious Delta and Omicron variants, and in accordance with the recommendation of national medical experts, IFR policy requires that prior to traveling, all field school students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 AND receive a booster shot, if eligible. If you intend to participate in an IFR program this summer, we strongly encourage you to schedule your vaccination appointment as soon as possible.

All IFR field school applicants should familiarize themselves with IFR COVID-19 Practices before beginning the enrollment process. Program logistics are subject to change as health and risk management experts provide new recommendations and best practices. Each field school syllabus includes specific information about COVID-19 as related to travel regulations and recommendations, accommodations, local protocols, face mask policy and managing COVID-19 cases or outbreaks.


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 27-July 28, 2022

  • Enrollment Status: Closed

  • Total Cost: $3,320

  • Course Type: Indigenous, Community/Public, Field Archaeology

  • Payment Deadline: April 15, 2022

  • Instructors: Dr. Craig N. Cipolla

  • Online Orientation: May 21, 2022 at 1pm PT/ 3 pm CT/ 4 pm ET
  • Academic Credit: 8 Semester Credit Units (equivalent to 12 Quarter Units)


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 Curator for North American Archaeology at the Royal Ontario Museum and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada.


It was an incredible and meaningful experience attending the Mohegan Field School. As an indigenous person, I was curious about how the Mohegan Tribe manages archaeological digs in a way that accurately represents their people for their past, present, and future generations. This field school is more than just learning archaeological theory and methods; it teaches you how to be critical of your role as an archaeologist. I made so many memories that I will never forget working alongside the staff at the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, interns, and other field school students. I left with a more profound knowledge of my role as an archaeologist, and I hope to use those tools to benefit others in my future.
Autumn Martinez, Portland State University

I went to the Mohegan Field School (MFS) with absolutely no idea what to expect. Some people had told me that excavating would make me hate archaeology, and others said that it would be better if I went abroad to do it. Luckily, they all turned out to be quite wrong because my time in the MFS was exciting, eye-opening, and worth every penny. I learned not only how to conduct scientific and ethical archaeology in and out of the field, but how to collaborate with indigenous peoples and begin to decolonize the archaeological methods that I had taken for granted. I learned how to step out of my comfort zone working with people I didn’t know and ended up making good friends. I recommend the MFS to anyone who is looking not just to get some archaeological experience but to learn how to challenge their own assumptions and treat all archaeological stakeholders with dignity.

Grady Gillet, Boston University

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, 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, 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, Southern Methodist University

Tuition Includes:

  • Cost of Instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • Room & Board
  • All Local Transportation

Student Fees

This program requires an online application — there is a $25 fee to submit an application. Once admitted, a payment of the nonrefundable deposit fee is required to secure a place in the program(s). The Tuition balance (total program cost minus the deposit fee) must be paid prior to the Tuition deadline as listed above under “Course Details.” A $100 late fee will be added to all accounts not paid in full by the Tuition deadline.

Deposit: A nonrefundable $500 deposit fee is required to secure a seat in the program. This deposit is part of the total Tuition and NOT in addition to it.

Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy: If you paid the deposit fee but did not cancel your participation by the Tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full Tuition regardless of attendance at any IFR program. Please carefully read our Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy for further information. In the event that IFR must cancel a field school, all accepted students will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a refund of all tuition paid including the deposit fee. IFR offers students the opportunity to transfer to another field school, permitting that there are spots available and the program director approves the student to participate in their field school. Upon approval of the program director, IFR staff will make the arrangements to transfer the student’s application and payments.

Credit Card Processing Fee: A 3.5% processing fee is automatically incurred for all credit/debit card/online payments.

Academic Credit Opt Out: Students who wish to participate in an IFR field school without earning academic credit units may do so and receive the following discounts: $300 off a full program (4 or more weeks in length) or $200 off a short program (2-3 weeks in length).

Trip Cancellation Insurance: Please consider purchasing a travel interruption insurance policy that will cover your travel cost and the cost of the IFR program once you make a commitment to attend a field school.

The added risk of COVID-19  should be a “covered event” in your policy.
Please note that the cost of coverage varies, based on your age, the program duration and geographical location.
You may get help and advice from your insurance broker and we offer the links below to help you educate yourself on these insurance products.
Travel Insured International offers coverage for Trip Cancellation or Interruption for Any Reason (review coverage based on your state).
– Compare quotes from different companies offering Trip Cancelation insurance plans.


Students will live in modest student dormitories at Connecticut College. Students will have their own private bedrooms—including single beds, mattresses, and dressers along with access to a communal bathroom. Rooms are NOT air conditioned, so please bring (or plan to purchase) a fan to keep your room cool. Students will have access to wireless internet while on campus (but please note that its quality has been variable over the last few years.) Students will share communal bathrooms with shows (typically each bathroom includes 3-5 toilet stalls and 2-5 shower stalls. Students share communal coin-op laundry machines.

All meals are provided through the college cafeteria. Students eat breakfast and dinner in the cafeteria, and bag lunches are prepared for them Monday through Saturday (for the field). The cafeteria caters to most dietary restrictions, e.g., vegetarians, food allergy sufferers, but please let the director know if you have any special dietary requirements before you arrive. Meals are served 7 days a week (even on non-workdays) except for July 4th; on that day, all students are responsible for arranging and purchasing their own meals.

Masks are mandatory for most outdoor work such as shovel testing, excavation, or any field activity that requires students work in close proximity to one another. Most outdoor work will occur in open woodland areas with good ventilation. Communal tools will be disinfected regularly on site.

All participants in the field school, including students and staff, will wear masks while indoors (i.e. during lectures, during labs, in shared residential spaces, etc.). Communal laboratory spaces will be disinfected regularly.

Regular hand washing will be a part of the project’s daily schedule. Hand sanitizer will also be provided in the field and in the archaeological laboratories.

US - CT: Mohegan

Travel Info


Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5-6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.

Students are responsible for arranging travel to Connecticut College (270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, Connecticut 06320) on Monday, June 27th 2022. 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 approximately 45 miles away. From the airport, we recommend taking a taxi, uber, etc. to the Amtrak Train Station in Providence, Rhode Island. The train connects directly to New London Station. Connecticut College is a 5-minute car ride away.

Students are required to pick up their room assignments, keys, and introductory materials/instructions on Monday June 27, 2022 between 3-5pm on Connecticut College campus. The field school director will provide students with specific instructions on where to meet by early May. If this meeting time does not work, please arrange with the project director an alternative time to check in on June 27th.

COVID Restrictions: Read more on international travel to the US here: ( International travelers to the US are currently required to show proof of a negative COVID test 3-days before flights. Testing costs are not covered by the field school and are the sole responsibility of the student. If restrictions change and multi-day quarantines become required for travel, students will be responsible for setting up their quarantine arrangements in a local hotel. Quarantine costs are not covered by the field school and are the sole responsibility of the student. If a student is held at the border for health reasons, they should contact the field school director using the local emergency cell number provided to them.

Students and staff will travel from Connecticut College to the field site each day in the project van. The ride takes less than 15 minutes. Other trips (e.g., field trips) will take slightly longer than this. The van is nearly always full, so all riders must be masked at all times. We will ventilate the van as much as possible. Interior surfaces of the van will be disinfected daily.


No visa requirement for US citizens.

Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements.

Student Safety

The IFR primary concern is with education. Traveling and conducting field research involve risk. Students interested in participating in IFR programs must weigh whether the potential risk is worth the value of education provided. While risk is inherent in everything we do, we do not take risk lightly. The IFR engages in intensive review of each field school location prior to approval. Once a program is accepted, the IFR reviews each program annually to make sure it complies with all our standards and policies, including student safety.

Students attending IFR international programs are covered by a comprehensive Health Insurance policy that includes physical illness or injury, mental or chronic conditions. No deductible and 100% of costs are covered up to $250,000. In addition, we provide Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation policy, which allow us to remove students from field school location if local conditions change. Our field school directors are scholars that know field school locations and cultures well and are plugged in into local communities and state institution structures.

Students attending IFR domestic programs (within the US) must have their own health insurance and provide proof upon enrollment. IFR field school directors are familiar with local authorities and if in need of evacuation, local emergency services and/or law enforcement will be notified and activated.

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

Call (877-839-4374) or email ( if you have questions about the safety of any particular program.