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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


July 15 – August 12, 2023

It is the responsibility of all students to be in Sydney, NS on Sat. July 15 for pickup at the airport.

The closest airport is the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport.

All students will be brought from Sydney to the Canadian Coast Guard College on the 15th. For departure, students will be transported back to Sydney on Sat. Aug. 12.

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 the Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) in Sydney, NS. Each student will have their own private bedroom and will share a bathroom and common area. Laundry facilities will also be provided on site.

Breakfast and dinner will be provided for all students during the duration of the program in the CCGC cafeteria, it will be students’ responsibility to pack their own lunch each day. Students will have WiFi access at the CCGC as well as access to the campus facilities including the Wellness Centre and Sports Complex.

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: $775 (tuition and UNB fees) + $3,600 (program fee) = $4,375 total

Domestic students: $65 (application fee) + $810 (tuition and UNB fees) + $3,600 (program fee) = $4,475 total

International students: $125 (application fee) + $2,100 (tuition) + $3,600 (program fee) = $5,825 total

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023 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 15 students for the 2023 field school. Applications will be adjudicated based on GPA, statement of intent, and a short interview completed with the Project Director. 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 15, 2023.

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.