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Antigua, West Indies - Caribbean

The island of Antigua is located in the Lesser Antilles of the Eastern Caribbean islands. Together with Barbuda (Antigua and Barbuda) it has a record of over 5,000 years of human occupation dating from the earliest people, the Amerindians, who traveled north from South America along the chain of islands to Antigua, to colonization by Europeans and the forced migration of enslaved Africans to work the sugar plantations, to modern Antigua culture. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich modern Caribbean culture of Antigua while learning about its cultural and natural history.

About the Course

  • This course will offer students of all academic levels and disciplines an intensive immersion into the field of archaeology.
  • Hands-on applied learning will allow students to learn and practice the basics of an archaeological investigation both in the field and in a research center environment.
  • All coursework and analysis will take place on site in Antigua.
  • This will be the first year that Farmingdale State College will be running the program but the Antigua Archaeological Field School has been successfully run for more than 20 years.
  • The summer field program will focus on the Pre-Columbian archaeological site of Indian Creek.
  • The site is located in the buffer zone for the newly listed UNESCO World Heritage Site of "Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites".
  • In addition to the primary work conducted at Indian Creek, students will have the opportunity to excavate and or conduct analysis on burials from the historic period 18th century British Royal Navy Cemetery at Galleon Beach.
  • Supplementing the field work, students will partake in lectures given by faculty from Farmingdale and from other universities, on the pre-historic and historical archaeology of Antigua and the general Caribbean region, bioarchaeology of Antigua, GIS and archaeological mapping, and soil science. 

Course Basics

  • Excavation will take place 5 days per week
  • Lectures will take place in the evenings before dinner
  • Day trips to various archaeological sites and museums will take place on the weekends
  • NO archaeological experience required

Basic skills students will learn

  • How to set up and properly record excavation units and features.
  • Use of a total station to take elevations, mapping, and surveying.
  • Drawing features and profiles, and understanding the basic principles of stratigraphy.
  • Field methodology and excavation techniques.
  • Processing and cataloging artifacts
  • Creating accurate and professional field notes.
  • Learning current practices in bioarchaeology.
  • Developing familiarity and knowledge of Antiguan and Caribbean archaeology


  • Open to all students from all colleges and universities
  • 0, 3 or 6 credits
  • Students can select the following courses: 
    • ANT 120 Introduction to Archaeology and/or
    • ANT 321 Special Topics in Anthropology (Archaeology Field School)


  • Living arrangements will be in fully furnished, shared style accommodations in large guesthouses and smaller apartments.
  • All housing is located in the residential area of historic Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbor.  

Program requirements

  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Student must be in good disciplinary standing
  • Program offered to freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors

Next Steps

  • Step 1: Complete the Preliminary Study Abroad Application
    • After this application is submitted a study abroad advisor will be in touch to go over the next steps in the application process.
  • Step 2: All FSC students studying abroad for a semester/year are required to meet with a study abroad advisor in the Office of International Education and Programs prior to completing their program specific application.
    • OIEP is located on the 3rd floor of Laffin Hall, room 320


Additional Information

Program includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop off (Antigua) included
  • Program includes all in country (course related) transportation.
  • Room
  • Board (3 meals per day x 7 days per week)
  • Course Reader
  • Museum fees
  • Internet access at guesthouses