Anthropology Field and Laboratory Opportunities
ISU's Anthropology Department offers many opportunities for students at all levels to gain hands-on, specialized experience in anthropological and archaeological field and laboratory methods. Some of these opportunities are held abroad, in locations like the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, the Sacred Valley in Peru, and the Polynesia Pacific. Other opportunities take place in the mountains and deserts of eastern Idaho, rural health cooperatives and in the anthropology laboratories on the ISU campus.
Click on the links below to get more information about the current field opportunities in Anthropology at ISU:
Field Projects (Abroad & Non-local)
- Alaska Fisheries Projects
- Medical Anthropology research in the Sacred Valley, Peru
Field Projects (Idaho and local)
- Hispanic Health Projects
- Archaeology Field School: Paleoindian Archaeology in the Sweet Ola Valley
- This video shows the area we are exploring for Paleoindian sites from 9,000 to 18,000 years ago in the Sweet-Ola Valley. In the first slides you'll see details of the area we investigated on the Upper Squaw Creek. You'll also see artifacts collected by the landowners of the various sites. We investigated 720 acres of private property adjacent to Boise National Forest. The preliminary results of our investigation are promising. The slides and videos show students from the 2016 field school excavating, sifting dirt, and mapping artifacts with our robotic Total Station survey instrument. There are several time lapse videos, GoPro handheld footage, and iPhone video capture. The last slides show the Fennel family that has been very helpful in procuring permissions to excavate and survey in the Sweet-Ola Valley. Special thanks to them! Future versions of this video will include music and descriptive text. As we process artifacts from the field school and make trips this fall to the area we will post more videos and photos. Stay tuned!
Laboratory Internships in Archaeological Science
- Bioarchaeology and archaeological chemistry at the Center for Archaeology, Materials and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS)
- Archaeological and Forensic DNA extraction and analysis at the joint Anthropology/Biological Sciences ancient DNA laboratory and ISU's Molecular Research Core Facility (MRCF)
- X-ray Fluorescence of obsidian artifacts and obsidian sources in southeastern Idaho