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Application Deadline: September 22, 2014 (Late applications may be accepted with USU approval)


Zooarchaeology Blue Fields, Jamaica
Program Outline:All instruction will occur in Jamaica. Class sessions will consist of twelve 10-hour days of archaeological fieldwork, lab-based artifact processing and curation prep as well as instruction on the zooarchaeology of coastal foragers, including fish osteology and the identification marine invertebrates. Students will also have several days off to explore the local area.
Program Dates:Monday, December 15 and return on December 30, 2014
Program Fee:

~$3,700 (based on 8 participants) Due to fluctuation in exchange rates, and particpant numbers, USU reserves the right to modify and or cancel any part of the program. Please confirm program dates and details before airfare purchase. This is a USU faculty-led program.

Included:International airfare, tuition and fees, ground transportation, lodging, breakfast and lunch, translators, field equipment expenses, insurance, and tips
Not Included:Optional excursions, misc. personal expenses, study abroad application fee
Credit:Students will enroll in ANTH 5300 (3 USU credit hours). Credits will be applied toward Spring 2015.
Accommodations:Students will live in a rural Jamaican community and participate in local Jamaican life.
Insurance:USU provides a comprehensive medical insurance policy for program dates only. For more information go to: Participants may purchase up to 7 days of personal travel insurance after the program. Contact USU Risk Management for details.
Requirements:Minimum age; 18; Valid passport; Visa (if required for US citizen). Acceptance is subject to program leader approval. Applicants may be students in any major. There is no language requirement to participate in this program.
Financial Assistance:Please contact a USU financial aid advisor to determine if USU financial aid may be applied to this program. For more information on financial considerations and scholarships for study abroad see: Students must fund their own expenses for the trip and determine USU scholarship availability through their department, i.e. USU Social Work program offers undergraduate student scholarships up to $1,500. You may also want to explore crowdfunding for ideas on personal fundraising:
Academic Notes:The objectives of this study abroad course may include the following: 1. Students will learn how to process and prepare archaeological collections for curation. Students will also learn how to prepare comparative specimens for laboratory use. Finally, students will learn how to identify fish bone. 2. Students will become familiar with animal remains from coastal archaeological sites. 3. Students will become familiar with basic archaeological methods.
Application Fee:$150 (due with application), non-refundable unless determined ineligible.
Payment Schedule: $1000 due with application ( to cover international airfare). Balance due: November 15, 2014. All payments are non-refundable.
Student Orientation:Participants must complete on-line orientation modules through Canvas and attend required in-person pre-departure sessions.
Travel: Participants are responsible for a country entry permit (if applicable).
Program Contact:David Byers, Assistant Professor, Email:
How To Apply:Online at:
Application Deadline:September 22, 2014 (Late applications may be accepted with USU approval)

Jamaica has much to offer: There are offbeat bush-medicine hiking tours, congenial fishing villages, pristine waterfalls, cosmopolitan cities, wetlands harboring endangered crocodiles and manatees, and unforgettable sunsets. Nowhere else in the Caribbean is the connection to Africa as keenly felt as it is in Jamaica. Kingston was the major nexus in the New World for the barbaric triangular trade that brought slaves from Africa and carried sugar and rum to Europe, and the Maroons (runaways who took to the hills of Cockpit Country and the Blue Mountains) safeguarded many of the African traditions ? and introduced jerk seasoning to Jamaica`s singular cuisine. This is a country infused with pride in its unique history, stunning landscape and influential culture. Read more: