SFU: Curaçao: Environmental Archaeology Field School 2022

Curaçao , Central America and Caribbean Past Program Archaeology

Duration of Program:

late-February - mid-March: Mandatory Canvas Program

April 30: Date by which we will confirm how program is proceeding. Do not book flights or confirm other arrangements until after this date.

TBD: Pre-Departure Orientation

May 10 - late-June: complete ARCH 434.

July 3 - August 5: Study in Willemstad, Curaçao

For the full program itinerary, please click here.

These dates are provided as guidelines and are subject to change.

Located on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, this Environmental Archaeology Field School examines human-environment interactions from earliest Indigenous settlement to the present to reconstruct landscape histories and inform contemporary environmental issues in the region. Students receive practical training in the methods of environmental archaeology and paleoecology, working at pre-Columbian and colonial sites around Jan Thiel Lagoon and Rif Sint Marie, where historic plantations and an important bird conservation area are today found. Field instruction is complemented by practical lab experience, lectures, and field trips. This is a research driven project designed to provide students with experiential learning and the opportunitity to contribute actively to archaeological and paleoecological knowledge.

Undergraduate students will complete 9-12 SFU Units for the duration of this Field School. 

ARCH 433-3: Background to Field Work 

ARCH 435-6: Field Work Practicum 

Optional: Directed Studies or ARCH 434-3

ARCH 372 (282) and 434 pre-requisites, but may be waived with permission of instructor.



For a full course syllabus, please click here.