Exciting Locations…..Interesting Research!!

Interested in traveling abroad?  Earning course credit at the same time?  Hands-on experience in research?

Join our faculty on a study abroad trip in either Spring 17 or Summer 17!

Archaeological Geophysics Field School

Come learn how to use the latest in geospatial and geophysical technologies within the ancient city at Kerkenes Dag in central Turkey! The archaeological project, directed by UCF’s own Dr. Scott Branting, is world-famous for its early adoption and its extensive and innovative use of technologies such as magnetometers, resistivity meters, survey-grade GPS systems, drones, 3D scanners, and agent-based simulations.  Be a part of the geophysical field school and learn how to find buried walls and buildings dating to over 2,500 years ago, to use drones and total stations to monitor standing walls in the one of the city’s gates, to reconstruct in 3D what the ancient city looked like, or to explore the wealth of information contained within the project’s digital geospatial datasets.  You might even find evidence that will guide excavations and help us to answer critical questions about this important ancient city and about cities around the world.  For more information see the project website at: http://sciences.ucf.edu/anthropology/kerkenes

Application Deadline:  10/31/16

Website:  https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10287

Contact:  Dr. Scott Branting


Exploring the Yucatan

On this program, students will have the opportunity to discover the rich historical and cultural heritage of the Yucatan Peninsula. Students will learn about ancient and modern Maya culture. Among others, we will visit the UNESCO world heritage sites of Chichen Itzá, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and Tulum, an ancient Maya fortress overlooking the Caribbean. We will learn about vibrant contemporary Maya culture by visiting local villages, taking cooking lessons, and exploring the colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid. Finally, students will have the opportunity to experience Yucatan’s natural beauty, including excursions to cenotes (underground rivers) and the white sand beaches of the Caribbean.

Application Deadline:  11/1/16

Website:  https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10282

Contact:  Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster


Health and Healing in Ancient Peru

This course will use the tools of bioarchaeology to investigate demography, health, and disease in the ancient world, including the broad historical consequences that change in these factors created. We will discuss the concept of health in the ancient world through examples of different archaeological cultures from around the world but specifically in Peru. As a class, we will discuss the evidence of how ancient peoples conceptualized disease, and in turn, how they contended with illnesses. The study abroad will build off the in-class lecture readings that address health through medical texts, tomb art, ancient technology, and human remains. Students will also learn about theoretical approaches to health in anthropology, including readings on demography, embodiment, care, disability, and identity studies.

The study abroad component would extend the spring semester face to face course to provide a high impact international experience for UCF students by introducing them to unique archaeological sites in Peru and help them learn how skeletal remains hold clues to the health in the past. Students will gain important historical and cultural knowledge about ancient civilizations and bioarchaeological methods, but also understand the importance of careful analysis and curation of materials. At the archaeological site of Túcume, students will live onsite, and participate in learning activities with the skeletal collections in the laboratory.

Application Deadline:  11/15/16

Website:  https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10294

Contact:  Dr. J. Marla Toyne


Archaeology in Turks and Caicos Islands

This course is designed to teach students the essential knowledge of archaeological field methods necessary for excavations and help them explore the pre-Columbian indigenous people of the West Indies.  Participants will travel to the island of Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands for three weeks of archaeological study and excavations. Through a hands-on approach, participants will learn archaeological field methods and theory, artifact identification, analysis, and curation. Further, students will develop a sound understanding of the indigenous cultures that resided on the islands at the time of the European contact.

Application Deadline:  2/1/17

Website:  https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10080

Contact:  Dr. Peter Sinelli