Letters from the field

"...archaeology is not about things, it is about people."
Lynne Sebastian, President
The Society for American Archaeology

Indeed, archaeology isn't just about people, it's a fascinating and endlessly interesting pursuit that's practiced by people! Join professional archaeologists, field and lab staff, volunteers, and descendants of the former occupants of sites under investigation as they share their first-person observations, expectations, frustrations and achievements in Letters from the Field. This series of on-line journals will introduce you to sites and correspondents as diverse as the archaeological record itself. If you've ever wanted to work on an archaeological project, but never had the opportunity, here's your chance to share the rewards and challenges of life in the field with those of us lucky enough to live it. Please take the time to visit these pages and join our journeys of discovery in Letters from the Field.

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Jay Fancher's Letter from the Field is based on his dissertation fieldwork with the Aka of Central Africa in 2001-2002.









Katie Schurr from Canal Winchester, Ohio was a senior in high school interested in studying archaeology when she first contacted the Society for American Archaeology seeking college and career advice. Katie eventually chose to attend Beloit College in Wisconsin and began her studies there in September 2006. Katie shares her experiences here in the hopes that it will help other students who are considering archaeology a college major or career.

Katie's February 2007 letter

Katie's August 2007 letter

Field School in Chile summer 2007

Field School in Chile, #2

Field School in Chile, #3




Daniel Mangigian served as an intern at the Independence Living History Center Archeology Laboratory at Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Dan is a mature student retooling for a second career. His internship fulfilled a requirement for his degree in History from Rowan University in New Jersey. Dan shares how this internship prepared him for his future career as an educator here...





Updated 04-28-2015