UBC Archaeological Field School

UBC Department of Anthropology and the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Indian Band announce:

Archaeological Field School – Summer 2020 (ARCL 306: 6 Credits)

May 11 – June 18 (classes held at UBC-Vancouver and Musqueam)


Musqueam/UBC Steering Committee:

Leona Sparrow (Musqueam Indian Band), Sue Rowley (UBC), Andrew Martindale (UBC), Aviva Rathbone (Musqueam)


Course Coordinators and Instructors:

Andrew Martindale. Office: AnSo 1301/3, (604) 822-2545, andrew.martindale@ubc.ca;

Aviva Rathbone: arathbone@musqueam.bc.ca


Please note that enrolment is limited to 20 students. Applications will be considered starting

on February 28, 2020 and continue until all spaces are filled. Please contact Andrew for an application form.

The Musqueam Indian Band and UBC’s Department of Anthropology are pleased to announce the continuation of the joint field instruction and research project developed in 2007 and conducted with the approval of Musqueam Chief and Council. The project includes the summer 2020 field school course, ARCL 306 (Summer Field Training in Archaeology, 6 credits). The course will be open to a limited number of students (maximum 20). It will provide students with archaeological experience and instruction while working in consultation with First Nation archaeologists, officials, elders, and community members. The program will also provide graduates with an introduction to the technical skills and training required for a career in consulting archaeology, including a Provincially-recognized certification in Resource Inventory Standards Committee (RISC) training for archaeological crew members.

ARCL 306 focuses on intensive training in archaeological survey, mapping, and cataloguing, sub-surface exploration, and data management and interpretation techniques. Instructional components may include: survey methods (using air photographs, GIS/Digital elevation modelling databases, walkover survey, shoreline and intertidal survey), subsurface exploration (using coring, augering), remote sensing (using ground penetrating radar [GPR]), map-making and interpretation (digital total station mapping, GPS use, computer mapmaking and data compilation), data management (field photography, note taking, data recording and management), collections management (curation, bulk sample processing, sample material analysis), historical interpretation (paleo-evironmental reconstruction, Musqueam historical records, traditional technology demonstrations and discussion), and contemporary archaeological responsibilities (ethics, consultation with First Nations, First Nation views of archaeology, long term data management, interpretation of the past). Please note that this field school MAY include excavation, although this is not yet confirmed.

WORKING CONDITIONS NOTE: This field school will be conducted as a day class on UBC campus, Musqueam Reserve Lands, and public areas on Musqueam territory around the Point Grey Campus. UBC will provide all equipment and supplies for this project. Students will be expected to provide their own food and refreshment (lunch and snacks). Transportation to field sites is NOT provided by the Department of Anthropology; students will need to arrange their own accommodation and transportation to and from campus or Musqueam each day. This class will be conducted outdoors in all weather. Students must be prepared to work under all conditions and should bring sunscreen, raingear, warm clothes, etc. as appropriate. Appropriate footwear (hiking boots/rain boots) is required. Students arriving without proper clothing and footwear will not be allowed to participate in research activities.

ADDITIONAL COSTS NOTE: All food, transportation (except to sites from the Department of Anthropology), accommodation costs and arrangements are the responsibility of the student. There is an additional course fee (TBD) per student. This fee is waived for all students who are members of the Musqueam Indian Band.

Please contact Andrew Martindale (andrew.martindale@ubc.ca) for an application form.