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*Excavation-based Bioarchaeology Field School at the Aklis Site, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (MSU Faculty-led)
St. Croix, United States Minor Outlying Islands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: MSU Faculty-Led (Credit) Areas of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Credit Hours: 6
GPA Requirement: 2.5 MSU Faculty Director: Molly Zuckerman,
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:
(MSU Faculty-Led)
Program Description:
This archaeological and bioarchaeological field school will take place at the Aklis site, a prehistoric shell midden, habitation, and cemetery site, located on the beach in Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The Aklis site is endangered by rising sea levels; excavations and mapping in 2016 will focus on salvaging exposed, endangered human burials and related features. Students will gain hands-on experience in excavation methods, mapping, artifact identification and classification, skeletal excavation, and osteological data recording.  Students will also learn about the ecology, history, and cultural prehistory of St. Croix through visits to local museums and national parks, such as Buck Island Reef National Monument, Estate Whim Museum and Plantation, a paleoethnobotanical tour of the local rainforest, activities with the National Park Service and United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and interactions with scholars and experts on St. Croix.
AN 3510: ARCHY Field Meth: EXCAV (6 credit hours)
Ideal for undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology, particularly those interested in archaeology and bioarcheology.
Program Dates:
June 19 – July 22, 2016
Price:  $3,690*
April 1, 2016 - Application and Deposit Deadline - $150 (non-refundable)
April 15, 2016 - Payment #1:  $1,770
April 29, 2016 - Payment #2:  $1,770

*All program fees are charged to MSU student accounts.  Once each payment deadline has passed and the student's account has been charged, the program fee is non-refundable.
Program cost includes:
  • International Health and Emergency Assistance insurance
  • Lodging
  • All meals
  • Ground transportation on St. Croix
  • Admission fees for local events and museums
Cost does not include:
  • MSU Tuition and Fees
  • Airfare
Faculty Director:  
Molly Zuckerman,
**Mississippi State University reserves the right to modify the program or its costs as necessitated by changes in the international economic situation or to cancel the program if necessary.

This program is currently not accepting applications.