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Bioarchaeology Field School

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Continuing in July 2018, the UNB Department of Anthropology in partnership with Parks Canada will be hosting the bioarchaeology field school program at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada.

This field program will offer students a multi-component, hands-on bioarchaeological field experience including excavation methods and techniques, field data recording and ethical handling practices. Additionally, students will be engaged in the technical analyses of these skeletal remains through laboratory cataloguing, analysis, curation and storage. Learn more about the courses included in this program.


  • Acquire a unique bioarchaeological skill set to complement undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Obtain critical hands-on training in field techniques specially focused on skeletal recovery in a mortuary context
  • Learn how to analyze and interpret skeletal remains within the historical framework of Louisbourg and disseminate that knowledge to the general public
  • Discover the history of Louisbourg through lecture series and behind-the-scenes tours of the Fortress
  • Establish important ethical handling practices when working within archaeological remains

Program information

Date: July 21, 2018 - August 18, 2018
Location: Fortress of Louisbourg, Louisbourg, NS, Canada
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (MTWRF)
Instructor: Dr. Amy Scott, Assistant Professor, UNB Department of Anthropology, Graduate TAs


It is the responsibility of all students to be in Sydney, NS on Saturday July 21st for pickup at the airport. The closest airport is the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport. All students will be brought from Sydney to our field school home on the 21st. For departure, students will be transported back to Sydney on August 18th. If your travel arrangements fall outside of these dates, it is your responsibility to be at the pick-up location or to arrange transportation back to the airport at your own cost.


We will be staying locally in Louisbourg, NS. Students will have access to a full kitchen and we will be doing regularly scheduled grocery runs for students to purchase what they need for each week. We will be having breakfast and dinner at our summer home and lunch on site at the Fortress. Students will have access to internet and there is a laundromat in town students can use.


Program fees for this field school include tuition for 6 credit hours (ANTH 3552 and 3553), transportation during the 4 weeks and accommodations. Students are responsible for their travel fees to and from Nova Scotia, food during their stay in Louisbourg, spending money and any other additional costs (e.g. travel insurance, visa requirements).

The program fee is $4000 CDN (includes tuition, accommodation and on-site travel costs). Non-refundable fee of $150 is payable upon confirmation you have been accepted into the program and will be deducted from program fee.

Course registration is now open and will remain open until all spots are filled.

Visa requirements

Students may require a valid passport to enter Canada. Some countries require further documentation for entry. Please visit the Government of Canada website to determine if you require any further documentation to enter the country.

Field trips and fun activities

We will be offering some field trip opportunities over the four weeks of the program. These field trips are not mandatory and students are responsible for any additional costs.

  • Crabfest in Louisbourg
  • Whale watching in Cape Breton Highlands
  • Cannon and musket firing at the Fortress
  • Night tours and ghost stories at the Fortress
  • Sydney day trips
  • Coastal hikes
  • Beggars Banquet in Louisbourg

Application process

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.

Interested students will be required to complete an application form and include the name and contact information of one referee and an unofficial transcript. Once all applications are received successful applicants will be contacted to pay their deposit fee for the program by the end of April 2018. Students not admitted to the program will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Please note: the 2018 program is now full but applications will continue to be accepted. All new applications will be added to a waitlist in case of any cancellations.

Apply now!

Learn more

For registration enquires please contact:
Erica Valentate
506 451-6824

For course information and further details about the program please contact:
Dr. Amy Scott, Project Director and Field Program Instructor
UNB Anthropology

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