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Despite COVID-19 impacting our 2020 and 2021 field seasons, we are hopeful that our 2022 field season will operate as normal; however, we recognize that the ongoing pandemic is continually changing and may impact our ability to offer this program safely for all students. We will monitor the situation carefully in the coming months and will post any updates here and on Facebook.

Applications for the 2022 UNB Bioarchaeology Field Season are now closed. Thank you for your interest in our program and be sure to follow us on social media for field, lab, and research updates!

UNB’s Department of Anthropology, in partnership with Parks Canada, hosts the UNB Bioarchaeology Field School at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada.

This field school allows participants to gain:

  • a hands-on field experience to complement undergraduate and graduate courses
  • critical bioarchaeological training in skeletal recovery, analysis and ethical handling practices
  • public engagement opportunities via social media and public outreach events


It is the responsibility of all students to be in Sydney, NS on Sat. July 16 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 16th. For departure, students will be transported back to Sydney on Saturday, Aug. 13.

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.

Students may require a valid passport to enter Canada as some countries require further documentation for entry.


We will be staying at a private lake side cottage in nearby Gabarus, NS. Students will be responsible for their own meal preparation; however, grocery costs will be covered by student program fees. Students will have WiFi access at the cottage and are free to use the surrounding region for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and exploring.

Field trips and activities

18th-century fortress camping and ghost stories

There will be a variety of field trip opportunities over the four weeks of the program, including:

  • cannon and musket firing at the Fortress
  • 18th-century fortress camping and ghost stories
  • trivia and pub night

Beggar's Banquet costume dinner in Louisbourg


The UNB Bioarchaeology Field School is a 3-credit hour course (see ANTH 3552 syllabus). All students accepted into the program will be required to follow the UNB registration process and pay all associated fees. At this time, we are not offering any audit positions.

Program fees for this field school include:

  • accommodations
  • meals
  • program swag
  • transportation during the 4 weeks of the program
  • field trips

Students are responsible for their own travel costs to and from Nova Scotia, spending money, and any other additional costs (e.g., travel insurance, visa requirements). All fees are in Canadian dollars.

UNB students: $810 (tuition and UNB fees) + $2,500 (program fee) = $3,310 total

Domestic students: $65 (application fee) + $810 (tuition and UNB fees) + $2,500 (program fee) = $3,375 total

International students: $125 (application fee) + $2,080 (tuition) + $2,500 (program fee) = $4,705 total

Application process

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm (AST).

Interested students will be required to submit:

  • an application form
  • a statement of intent
  • name and contact information of one reference
  • an unofficial transcript

We will be accepting sixteen students for the 2022 field school. Applications will be adjudicated based on both GPA and the statement of intent. Preference will be given to those who have completed a human osteology or skeletal biology university-level course at the time of application; however, these types of courses are not considered prerequisites. References will only be contacted if more information is needed to make a decision. In order to participate in the UNB Bioarchaeology Field School students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All applicants will be notified via email regarding the status of their application by April 1, 2022.

Those not admitted to the program will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Diversity, inclusivity and harassment policy

The UNB Bioarchaeology Field School embraces diversity in its participants.

We commit to providing a welcoming and safe space for all participants regardless of sex, ethnicity, age, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, financial situation, religion, national origin, cultural background, pregnancy, parental or marital status.

The UNB Bioarchaeology Field School takes the safety and well-being of all participants and staff members seriously and has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, harassment or discriminatory behaviour of any kind.

In accordance with the UNB harassment policy, any behaviour that violates this code of conduct will result in dismissal from the field school program.