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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties surrounding public health and travel in Canada, we will not be offering a 2021 field program. We are hopeful that our 2022 field season will move ahead as planned. We will be posting any program updates here and on our Facebook page.


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 18 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 18th. For departure, students will be transported back to Sydney on Aug. 16.

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 Coastal Guard College (CCGC) in Sydney, NS.

All meals are provided by the CCGC at no additional cost.

Students will also have free access to all of the main facilities at the CCGC, including:

  • pool
  • gym
  • common rooms
  • internet
  • laundry

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
  • Beggar's Banquet costume dinner in Louisbourg
  • 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: $735 (tuition and UNB fees) + $2,800 (program fee) = $3,535 total

Domestic students: $65 (application fee) + $759 (tuition and UNB fees) + $2,800 (program fee) = $3,624 total

International students: $125 (application fee) + $1,970.50 (tuition and UNB fees) + $2,800 (program fee) = $4,895.50 total

Application process

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020 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

Applications are now being accepted and will remain open until the deadline.

We will be accepting twelve students for the 2020 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. References will only be contacted if more information is needed to make a decision. All applicants will be notified via email regarding the status of their application by March 31, 2020.

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.